suzmccarth wrote:

> When I was in Beijing I visited the apartment of a calligrapher, a
> woman, and her teenage son. He was using a Pinyin IME to instant
> message with friends just as quickly as my kids do in English.
> However, I asked the mother what method she used and by the look on
> her face realized that this calligrapher could not use the computer at
> all. How humiliating for her to have to get her son to handle even
> email! Her generation are not fluent in Pinyin and obviously she had
> not learned a difficult glyph-based method like canjie and did not
> know about the new input methods which are easier. She spoke some
> English and was educated but truly hampered by her lack of access to
> digital literacy.

Does she consider herself "hampered"?

It looks like you're the one trying to impose your computer-centered
literacy on others!

One of the world's leading Indo-Europeanists, Eric Hamp, does not use a
typewriter, let alone a computer, and his bibliography may well be the
most extensive of any scholar in history. (He does not eschew computers,
but he has others use them for him.)
Peter T. Daniels grammatim@...