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Opinion

January 15, 2014

Primus Mootry: Can we talk?

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Finally, as mentioned earlier, computer-driven technologies that are intended to enhance our ability to communicate seem to be having the opposite effect. We talk to machines. How about those endless directories you get when you call some company? And what about the computer voice that tells you who is calling you but can’t pronounce the words.

Hey, let’s not forget those dreaded robo-calls? I would much prefer talking to a real human being. But that is something that’s becoming all too rare. Do you suppose these calls are intended to help us communicate with whatever company or group may be behind them? How did they get my phone number? I don’t know.

I don’t know. Now there are three perfectly good words I wish people would use more often. If we don’t know, we have a place to begin. If we know everything, we have no place to go. Can we talk?

Have a nice day.

Anderson resident Primus Mootry is a retired school teacher. His column appears Wednesdays in The Herald Bulletin.

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