Typepad puts almost all my comments in spam. Me! Don't they know who I am? I can fish them out of the spam filter when it's my own post, but it means I have given up commenting on other people's posts, both here and on other blogs, if they use Typepad. Because my comments go straight to spam, and don't get fished out, which presumably confirms to Typepad I really must be a spammer.
But my problems with Typepad are just a symptom of a wider problem.
I registered for something called Google+ once, but immediately started getting emails from all sorts of people on all sorts of subjects, and wanting to be my "friend". I still don't know what Google+ is, but it seems to be one of these "friend" scams, like Facebook or LinkedIn, which I don't want to be part of. No, I am not your "friend"! I had a helluva job getting off Google+, and I think I had to tell Google+ to delete me from lots of things I didn't understand, so God only knows what happened because of that whole unfortunate Google+ episode.
I know I'm bad at this sort of stuff, but there is no way I'm the worst person in the population at this sort of stuff. I've got a PhD for chrissake! I can't be that stupid! I once got an A in a course in Computer Science, even if it was nearly 40 years ago! And I'm not that old; lots of people are older than me!
This isn't just about me and it isn't just about blogs.
I read that the Americans have to go on the web to get health insurance? And that the website sucks. OK. But even if the website didn't suck, what about people like me? Or even older, stupider, and less educated than me?
What happens when I have to go on the web to get my pension, and I can't figure out how to do it? Or I can't even use cash, because that's been gotten rid of, just as cheques are being gotten rid of, and everyone has to use some stoopid IPad/smartphone thing like all the pretentious people who sip Starbucks lattes use if they want to buy anything?
I will probably manage somehow, because I've got friends, and kids, who will help me figure things out, or do it for me. And I'm rich, and can pay someone to do it for me, if worse comes to worst. But some people are poor, and don't have friends, or kids. Or their friends and kids may be as clueless as them. They won't even be able to beg for money, without an Iphone thing to record the bitcoin quarters people want to give them!
How many people will be shut out of society altogether?