First I would like to thank the editors for allowing this Wi-Fi conversation to be carried out here and for publishing my letters. Thank you!
What seemingly started out a financial issue has quickly turned into a preferences and politics issue. Can we bring it back to the numbers for a moment? It would be awesome to see a detailed estimate of costs.
Here are some things that people might benefit from with a Wi-Fi connection: ability to transfer money to a bank account, ability to check in on a babysitter, a school, an elderly parent, ability to see email from work or friends or family, ability to request a ride-share. These are all things that many people depend on day in and day out. I believe that the Coop and its members should support fostering a shared space in which all needs are at least considered.
I would like to re-clarify that I am not interested in Wi-Fi so that I can be glued to my phone during my shift. I am not some sort of technology evangelist who wants robots to take over the cash registers and for everyone to always have their headphones in. I am not even interested in being able to check my twitter feed while waiting on line. With that said, I think that the responses so far to the issue of Wi-Fi completely negate the factors of choice and need.
The key word in Rodger's letter from 9/27/18 is choose. Many times throughout my day I choose to disconnect from technology. In many situations, I often choose to be present and experience, as Rodger put it, "being a part of now". I like to do this during my shift and feel lucky that I have been able to make the choice to buy food here.
I do not get to choose to disconnect at the Coop because there is no connection to disconnect from. The "tyranny" and "enslavement" that Rodger writes of, in my opinion, are overly extreme perspectives on technology. To assert what the world can and cannot spare me and that "it'll be fine" is to assume too much!
If the Rodgers and Janets of the Coop would like to stay off the Internet while at the Coop then they should free to do so. If other members would like to connect then I strongly believe they should also be able to make a choice to do so.
It would be great to hear more perspectives on this issue.