Companies yank cord on residential phone books

In Michael Felberbaum’s article, published on Nov. 11, 2010, I read this little sentence that made me jump.

Although I completly agree to save millions of trees by not publishing anymore the White-Pages, I found Robert Thompson’s “joke” (a pop culture professor at Syracuse University, it seems) a bit stupid. When he said: “Anybody who doesn’t have access to some kind of online way to look things up now is probably too old to be able to read the print in the white pages anyway

In the actual economic situation, with priorities sometimes way more important than having the internet, this reflection show a flagrant non-respect of poor people. It is not because you don’t have internet that you are old and stupid… and anyway, it is not because you are old that you can’t read! If somebody can’t afford internet and is isolated by sickness, how can they reach help of some sort if they don’t have a phone book or if the manual they have is at least 5 years old?

Hear me well! I agree on the non-publishing of the phone books but I found Mr Thompson’s joke insulting for the ones who are place in poverty situation due to economic circumstances. I think he should present apologies and think twice before joking!

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