Old but not voiceless – I’d rather talk than text

Old but not voiceless - I'd rather talk than text
What kind of aptitude peaks when you’re a teenager, drops gradually throughout adulthood and declines rapidly in old age? Sexual prowess? Maths ability? Skateboarding? It’s your DQ. Digital Quotient is the newly coined measure of your digital learning capacity. I decided to take the online exam that the British national communications regulator Ofcom devised to determine ...

Boomer’s Bash at Bad Grammar Tops the Music Charts 1

Boomer’s Bash at Bad Grammar Tops the Music Charts
Quit complaining about bad grammar. It makes you seem old. That was the tip I was going to offer you: that whining about the decline of the English language does not make for a youthful and hip image. It’s also nothing new. Bad grammar has been annoying people as they get older for centuries. It really infuriated ...

We get by with a little help from – our kids 2

We get by with a little help from – our kids
Meet Family Tech Support Guy. He’s the star of an internet meme that’s popular with “those who understand the torture of being birthed in a modern generation by parents who weren’t”. In keeping with My New Old Self’s commitment to leaving no older person behind, I’ll pause to make sure that everyone’s on the same page, ...

My Personalized Web? No Thanks 1

My Personalized Web? No Thanks
“What’s it like?“ you ask (about anything). After a pause comes the answer: “It’s different.” Then you’ll want to know “Good different or bad different?” As you get older, even if the answer is “Good” you may not want to go there. Simply because Different isn’t The Same. The Same is safe. It’s what you ...

Goodbye Dear, we’ll miss you

Goodbye Dear, we’ll miss you
If there is one little word whose use dates us, it’s “Dear”. dear di(ə)r/ 1. regarded with deep affection; cherished by someone. ▪ used in speech as a way of addressing a person in a polite way. ‘Martin, my dear fellow’ ▪ used as part of the polite introduction to a letter, esp. in a ...

Confessions of an Eavesdropper

Confessions of an Eavesdropper
In the way that gays have reclaimed the word “queer” and black rappers the N-word, “eavesdropping” should be reclaimed by those of us who listen in on others’ conversations. Reappropriation is the cultural process by which a group reclaims—re-appropriates—terms or artifacts that were previously used in a way disparaging of that group. For example, since the early ...

No spying – then and now

No spying - then and now
Our generation has a proud tradition of fighting and exposing unacceptable surveillance, e.g. exposing Cointelpro, the covert FBI spy campaign against “subversives” like Martin Luther King. And in resisting apartheid security police oppression – the list goes on. We who are not of the Facebook generation should consider carefully how we “share” our identities, how ...

Anger management as you age

Anger management as you age
“Get angry about ageism – and take action to combat it.” That’s a resolution for 2014 from one of the world’s most powerful lobbies for older people.* Of course My New Old Self decries age-based discrimination. Older people everywhere have been hard hit in this troubled economy and have less hope than younger people of ...

What they are really doing when they fix our computers

What they are really doing when they fix our computers
Too bad that rule about older making wiser doesn’t apply when it comes to computers. A lot of us rely on people half our age for digital problem-solving. Our children, other young relatives, offspring of friends or neighbours, youthful computer consultants. After turning over our computers to these experts what do we do? Get busy ...

Passwords in the Age of Forgetting 1

Passwords in the Age of Forgetting
When we were kids a password was something you said to get into a secret club. Then there was a long period when I can’t recall much mention of passwords. We somehow muddled through life without them, back when we used pens and typewriters. It was only later in our lives, with our memories well ...