Proud of Politics

I hate to admit it but I don’t follow politics all that much anymore. Mostly because I typically disagree with what they are doing. But today I got an email that made me happy. I just received an email newsletter from my local representative. In it he included a survey of what was of importance to us, his constituents. I was really happy to see the top few questions included the farm bill and bringing broadband into rural America. I am in favor of broadband in rural America. My drive to do research on new media has always been fueled by the rural-urban digital divide. I constantly remind my students that there are areas in the world still without phones, let alone computers. I have always been worried that we as ag communicators are jumping online, but many of our readers/listeners aren’t able to join us. I am glad the government and other groups (check out what OSU is doing at http://digitalunion.osu.edu/showcase/vinton/) are reaching out to rural America with access to the technology that drives our world.

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