Originally Posted by Sea Ray
What do the OTA folks do who can't set the time on their VCR? There is precious little choice for a person who wants to own (not lease) a device where they can set it to tape Martha Stewart and not have to look up what station she's on or how long the show runs for or whatever.
The way Kelson wrote it, yeah - I wouldn't expect a blank slate-type to understand it. But it can be written in much simpler, easier-to-understand terms for those types of people.
It's more fear of technology, resistance to change and laziness/"learned helplessness" than it is just "not being capable" with a lot of people (it's not like it's really that
difficult of a thing to do).
If someone's that feeble-minded, they're probably retired (and maybe senility's setting in) or disabled and sitting home watching TV live a lot of the time, so they don't even really need to time shift. And then again, someone in that state probably shouldn't be without at least some kind of supervision or checking in on, anyway.
Anybody that's not in that state can learn if they really want to
. As far as programming info, if they're already big fans of a show, I would think they'd already know which channel and what time it's on. Most Sunday papers give you a TV guide, too.
Where there's a will, there's a way. If you constantly treat people like they're helpless, they're going to get conditioned to be helpless.