Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/06/10/bbc_comments/
Beeb invites net comments from unconnected
No internet? Tell us online!
The BBC is currently probing the shocking news that 17 million Britons, or 30 per cent of the population, are currently without an internet connection - and that 43 per cent of those wouldn't poke the interwebs with a sharp stick even if they were given a free PC and broadband.
Fair enough, but what raises this particular piece to a Beeb classic is this form inviting comments:
Reg reader Daniel Free notes: "I replied using only the power of my mind", but that doesn't explain what incredible talents he possesses to allow him to ascertain that he was being invited to comment on a story he couldn't read in the first place.
Scientific explanations as to how the "BBC high-speed telepathic news feed" works are welcomed. ®
Before you lot start banging on about "what about internet at work or in a library", here's the Beeb's clarification on the group who want nothing to do with the interwebs: "This so-called self-excluded group tended to be older or retired, with 61% confessing to never having used a computer."
It continues: "For 30% of those currently offline the main reasons given for that choice was financial or lack of skills."
So, nothing to do with just not having a net connection at home.