Making things “easier”

“This will just make things easier.” I am guessing that was the thought that some truly empathetic businessperson had when this decision was made.


The problem here is the assumption made by the company; that everyone has a card. Yes, this machine is at a university where every student, faculty, and staff have a card that they can charge things to. And likely yes, most people traveling through this building will have a (bank) card that they could use as well. The problem is, what about the people that do not have a card?

Increasingly, systems in society dictate that we must have access to a card, or an account that allows us some form of Internet banking. In a TED talk Jon Gosier referred to people without Internet access as Digitally Invisible, a term that describes this situation quite aptly.

Being Digitally Invisible is something that people with Internet access think nothing of, or if they do it is often a “that’s too bad” while almost instantly scrolling to the next item in their newsfeed. Requiring people to use a card to purchase food might seem trivial, but try to imagine being the person that only has cash.

About Nicholas Wyant

Information does not want to be free. Fake News does not exist. Friends on Facebook are not really friends. I can ruin any party/social setting in mere seconds.
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