|Re: email "appliances"||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Sharon Villines (sharonvillinesprodigy.net)|
|Date: Thu, 13 Jul 2000 11:13:24 -0600 (MDT)|
on 7/13/00 12:42 PM, Lynn Nadeau at welcome [at] olympus.net wrote: > Yesterday I saw a newly-marketed little machine that might solve that for > some or all of them. Called MailStation, it is the size of a small > answering machine, has a keyboard, and a display screen that is about 4" > by 8". It does email, but not Internet. Sometimes these machines are helpful and sometimes they create more frustration because they are limited. Often emails refer people to web sites and they can't go there. Sometimes the screen is so small it is hard to have menus and messages. I'm sure there are times when this is a perfect start and will illustrate my point with a story. I used to teach in an "open university" type college where I worked with adult students. I had a dancer who was about 36 and had danced literally all her life and with some of the biggest dance companies In New York including Alvin Ailey. She was very verbal and very out going but would not write. A sentence was painful. There were no perceptual disabilities but she just couldn't do it. She would turn in a paragraph when I asked for 5 pages. Then her husband gave her a small word processor that was very close to being an electric typewriter. It had 4k of memory and showed only 4 lines of type in the screen but saved to disk, allowed corrections and printed out nice clean copy. It was also fast with the quick touch of a computer keyboard. Within weeks she was writing pages of text. Within months she was handing in 20 page papers without batting an eye, and greatest accomplishment of all, voluntarily wrote a letter to the editor of the college publication taking him to task for not fact-checking and misspelling names (they were famous dancers). After one year she was shopping for a computer. She explained that the physical task of sitting still and making little marks on a page was so limiting for her, that she was tongue tied by the slow pace. And hated how it looked -- sloppy. As a dancer she was used to perfection, full body movement, complete control, and fast communication. In addition to the agony of having to sit still and be quiet, seeing her own writing on the page was embarrassing -- not content, but the look of it. Finding out what is holding people back is the key to moving them forward but often you can only discover what is holding them back by moving them forward. The value sometimes in just saying, "You have to do it. I don't care how, but it has to get done" is that it is the only way to break the log jam. Sharon -- Sharon Villines, Editor The MacGuffin Guide to Detective Fiction http://www.macguffin.net Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington, DC http://www.takomavillage.org
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