Reader Comments on Aardvark Daily 25 July 2001
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From: Carl Hemmingsen For : The Editor (for publication) Subj: Great Idea...... but I think that your idea is good except for 3 key points. 1) If it's the poorer Maori you are targeting then you have to think about things like literacy. Many Maori have trouble speaking Maori, actually reading the language is likely to pose all kinds of problems. In poorer areas of NZ they are never going to get the bandwidth to be able to download video or voice. 2) These areas do not have a high degree of people with the technical ability to use an offline computer, as opposed to all the hasseles of dialling up onto the internet and finding web pages. Ask any ISP helldesk staff member, and they will be able to rattle off at least 3 or 4 names of people who should never have been allowed to buy a computer because of their gross stupidity, and that is out of the mostly "affluent" portion of the population. 3) If I was poor and I was given a PC buy the government. I then had trouble using it I can tell you that the first thing I would be doing is going down to the local pawn broker and flicking it off for a couple of hundred bucks to pay off the electricity bill. I must admit that the possibility of getting PC's into poorer households is a great idea. But I think that this would be to promote the use of computers for the kids in the house, not for Internet use with the adults. From: Kane For : The Editor (for publication) Subj: Watching TV Right on, we can watch TV but we cant afford to defend our country or look after the sick and dying ? From: Greg L For : The Editor (for publication) Subj: I Agree I really agree how this is such a waste of money "Maori TV". Didn't this happen a few years ago as well? I have nothing against Maori's and I think another alternative like your internet idea would be much more productive. When you put them behind anything that has to do with money or politics then you can be assured of failure. I bet that within 3 years of the launch of the channel you will start to see some major problems. Your point about our health shortage etc was right on the mark and I really hope Helen Clark has a read of your column On another note: I find it weird how you ask readers to voice their opinion about specific articles but you don't have any message board or similar place on your Web site for your audience to view these opinions. Do you read them all your self and then delete them? Is that it??? One topic I was particularly interested in was your article about Benny Hin. Anyway keep up the good articles and you seem to have become much more on-to-it these days and have moved away from your slightly Red Neck attitude you used to display. Aardvark responds: There used to be a very good forum system here but I was forced to discontinue it due to the delinquent activities of a few immature fools. From: Grant For : The Editor (for publication) Subj: Start of a good idea I think any program that aims at throwing that much money at a poorly defined goal is bound to failure. I like the idea of using the net instead but instead of homes, I think developing and putting simple network appliances (that operate in Maori) into marae,schools and te reo nests along with decent net connections and support would be a better & more cost efficient start. From: Martin Wehipeihana For : The Editor (for publication) Subj: Now that's thinking laterally The National Kohanga Reo (maori language pre-school) Trust has been trying to do something like this for the last couple of years. The goal was/is to put web access into every kohanga in the country. I personally despise television (pop corn for the mind) and an initiative like this would be fantastic. If you feel strongly about it, why not email your MP? (I did!) www.executive.govt.nz/minister/index.html Kia ora From: Lindsay Williams For : The Editor (for publication) Subj: Internet v TV I have some sympathy with your theme but I am forced to admit that Carl's thoughts might come to pass too! Another advantage of Internet delivery is that the material is always there so if you come to it late it doesn't matter. You can still start with "episode" 1. TV is a here today gone tomorrow environment.Now Have Your Say
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