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Author Topic: eham: the last place to find digital literacy  (Read 694 times)
WA4D
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« on: May 13, 2008, 12:47:33 PM »

The The W$J reports today how the China earthquake news was quickly disseminated via micro-blogging, text messaging and online videos that reached millions. In cities across China, many were glued to their cellphones, getting the latest news.

eHam (arguably representative of the types of communications ham want) is a crude platform. Little more than a bulletin board on a country store wall. Primitive (like it's users) it moves at a glacial pace.

In China the diverse array of communications technologies in play illustrate why eham and the culture it serves is an antiquated model. An apt metaphor for the hobby at large.
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K1CJS
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« Reply #1 on: June 18, 2008, 03:34:25 AM »

If you think so little of e-Ham, why are you here?
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KI4WGI
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« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2008, 10:05:02 AM »

Most hams have the availability of text messaging/web videos/etc. I was glued to the 'net during 911, like most people. And if you recall, the actual disaster locations had to relay on chinease hams for communications.

The poster's observation may actually be more of an indication of the state-run media as opposed to the average peasent being "more advanced" than US hams. Most of them know as much of how their cell phone or PC works as the average american.

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