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Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb Make Silly Comments About Technology in Interview With Heather "Dooce" Armstrong

How Tech Savvy Is Your Mom?

lilsugar posted the Today Show interview yesterday in which Heather "Dooce" Armstrong, of the award-winning blog Dooce, explained to Kathie Lee Gifford about the trials of blogging about her young daughter. Kathie Lee questioned Dooce for posting pictures of her daughter on the Internet, Lil questioned the hypocrisy, and me? I questioned the hilariously out-of-touch soundbytes about tech that Kathie Lee and her co-host Hoda Kotb provided.
When Hoda asked Heather, "Is it all moms who are on your blogosphere?" I giggled, but when Kathie Lee said, "I don't know enough about computers, obviously," that obviously bothered me. Why, because she's older? Because my mom is an eBay shopper, a TeamSugar user, an iPod rocker-outer, and she's an older mom like Kathie Lee! Not to mention my grandma and her sisters who email me regularly.

I think Kathie Lee needs to bone up on the ways of the world and stop fearing computers, as she says, because I know the tech mommies can represent! And the ones who aren't quite on Heather Armstrong's level can at least provide us with awesome stories. So tell me, on a scale of 1-5, how tech savvy is your mom?

Mina-Xue Mina-Xue 9 years
My mom introduced me to technology! We had a super old Mac that she knews the ins and outs of like no other, and that totally inspired me. Now I do everything I can to keep her as close to the curve as humanly possible. My dad.. well.. our first goal is to move beyond chicken pecking.. But he's also a nurse who depends on more hand written and in head calculations. He's amazing like that. He'll give you cosin of Pi before I get past thinking "what?"
reena2 reena2 9 years
I gave my mon a 5. She's the one who compares the specs, reads the reviews, grills the tech guys. All the banking and bills are done online. She creates PPTs and does many things to enhance what she knows. While, I'm pretty knowledgeable - I have to admit most of the questions she asks me I do not have an answer for. She always has been the 'tech' person in out family. My grandfather was a 'gadget' person and I think her expertise comes from being open-minded about new technology - and asking the experts questions.
andrealocke andrealocke 9 years
I gave my mom a 4 but after reading other people's comments I think she might deserve a 5. She uses Excel and Word documents everyday for her job and is addicted to her "Crackberry". She and my step-dad text back and forth with each other (they work in the same organization) more than I do with all of my friends combined! And on top of that she has been a Mac user since the beginning. Also, THANK YOU so much for picking up the story on Dooce. I have been reading Heather's blog for 5 years and think she is amazing. I feel like Kathie Lee ambushed her and then didn't give her a chance to defend herself.
avamarie avamarie 9 years
My mom is super tech savvy. She won't spend money on technology, which means she's generally behind the curve, but she has absolutely no problem learning new things. She owns several TiVos, game systems, the whole bit. She's also back-up tech support in my family if they can't get up with me. My almost 88 year old grandmother has her own TiVo (networked I might add) her own computer and digital camera. She needs help at times, but she uses them all really regularly.
CollegeGirl CollegeGirl 9 years
I gave my mom a 4. She can pretty much do anything with the computer (or any other technology) once we show her how.
haydee haydee 9 years
my Mom is able to do text messaging, surf the web and check her emails on the Internet. She also chats with my sister a lot through web cam or through mobile phone YM.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
I love that Dooce Got fired from her job for blogging, and than blogged about it.
kiwitwist kiwitwist 9 years
My mom is inbetween 3 & 4.
Sammi_784 Sammi_784 9 years
1 my mum can't even turn a computer on. i'm not joking. :)
kelliegonzo kelliegonzo 9 years
i read DOOCE daily! my boss turned me on to it a few months ago and i've been hooked ever since. she's amazing and just so everyone knows, this blog isn't just about her being a mom. it's for everyone in every walk of life. she's hilarious and really smart.
Lyv Lyv 9 years
1.5 - She doesn't fear computers (I think) but she needs assistence even opening her email, haha. She does have her own profile in a social network though. She has it almost figured out.
glam-sugar glam-sugar 9 years
My mom is in her 60's and has an eMac (thanks to my recommendation), she can email, surf the net and load her digital photos/print them. Not too bad, although she does need assistance pretty often. ;)
Jenny86 Jenny86 9 years
My mom can use the computer well, but she asks me to everything for her, like online shopping, etc. She can learn, but she wants me to do it, because I'm savvier when it comes to computers and the internet.
Gabriela14815884 Gabriela14815884 9 years
I gave my mom a 3, she can work a computer well and can navigate the internet but she still calls me to ask about Word short cuts or how to make a tab in Excel :) Makes me feel good that she needs me for something and I can expand her gadget/tech horizons :D
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
mom is probably in the middle. she knows how to text and use her computer pretty well!
Baby-Girl Baby-Girl 9 years
My mom is a 1. She really doesn't need to do anything more than read emails. And when I see what her friends are sending (chain letters and crap) I don't see why she even bothers. As for this video - another reason to not watch the Today show. Aren't the hosts supposed to prep for interviews? They both sounded so ignorant.
kcwebgirl kcwebgirl 9 years
my mom is tech savvy because she has me as a daughter. she's reluctant to experiment on her own but once i introduce her to something she runs with it like an old time pro.
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i thin kthat kathy lee needs to admit that it's because she's had assistants and all that to help her do things, and that's why she's claiming to be too old to know that stuff. my mom's not the savviest person when it comes to the internet, but she can order stuff online, and she goes to all these weird point sites where she accumulates $$ or gift certificates, which kind of impresses me. ask about iPods,and things like that and she'll look at you confused but oh well. she knows what they are but doubtful that she'd use them. it's just not her 'thing'
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 9 years
I think my mom is really good for her age! She Skypes, buys tickets etc. online, shops online, even manages her stocks online. Her typing isn't bad either!
witchbaby witchbaby 9 years
a 1 my mom says she choose not to learn anything about computers. But strangely once she sent my friend and IM so she must know more than she lets on. >.<
dzmartini dzmartini 9 years
I'd say more like a 3.5, she gets some most things but every once in a while I have to show her how to use things that seem even more simple than a computer (like how to buy a bart ticket)
nikki_ nikki_ 9 years
The only reason my mom uses a computer is because she has to e-mail and type her papers and even sitting beside her when she uses it is horrible. Seriously, she doesn't even know the keyboard shortcut for paste or print! Then with spreadsheets, it's an entirely different story. My dad and I dread the time that she opens a spreadsheet because she always ends up screaming because something went wrong, blaming the computer when she could've just undid it. Youtube is another story altogether. Every time she tries to use YouTube, she complains that the video isn't playing when it clearly hasn't loaded yet and she can't identify the play button and can't use the controls. So when my mom uses the computer, I'm ready with my ear plugs or headphones..
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 9 years
3 1/2 - 4. My mom online shops, emails, googles, etc... I just taught her how to set shows to record on the DVR; she's getting the hang of that. Now I'm teaching her about copy/pasting items; she'll know that by next week. However she doesn't want to know anything about MP3's and such; it doesn't interest her, she likes her cd's & radio.
hkdkat hkdkat 9 years
I was so embarrassed for her when I watched the video, I was cringing while watching. I hope her kids teach her a thing or two so she doesn't sound so ignorant next time.
LOVErickii LOVErickii 9 years
she's can email and internet bank only cause we taught her how and thats as much as she really knows...
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