press the black button

Today Ed and I had to teach my mother how to use the DVD player. My mother doesn’t know what a “play” button looks like; doesn’t understand the concept of “pause”. It was .. a trying experience. Ed eventually wrote out instructions for her, but we’re not confident – in fact, I think the movie she watched today will likely be the only one she ever views.

I know I often make light of the fact that my mother is not at all technically savvy, but it’s incredibly frustrating and worrisome that she is THAT unable to cope with something so commonplace. When the Great Machine takes over, what will become of her? Will she be tossed aside by our new overlords? Or will she be our saviour, defeating technology with shelled walnuts and cauliflower in the omelettes?

Darkness is coming.

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