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Saturday, September 16, 2017

A young woman, wearing a traditional full-length Amish dress and white bonnet, stepped away from a farmer's market, opened her palm and revealed a smartphone. She began to scroll through screens, seemingly oblivious to the activity around her. Not far away, a man in his late 60s with a silvery beard, wide-brimmed straw hat and suspenders adjusted the settings on a computer-driven crosscut saw. He was soon cutting pieces for gazebos that are sold online and delivered around the country.

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The Amish have not given up on horse-drawn buggies. Their rigid abstinence from many kinds of technology has left parts of their lifestyle frozen since the 19th century: no cars, TVs or connections to electric utilities, for example.

But computers and cellphones are making their way into some Amish communities, pushing them -- sometimes willingly, often not -- into the 21st century.

New technology has created fresh opportunities for prosperity among the Amish, just as it has for people in the rest of the world. A contractor can call a customer from a job site. A store owner's software can make quick work of payroll and inventory tasks. A bakery can take credit cards.

But for people bound by a separation from much of the outside world, new tech devices have brought fears about the consequence of internet access. There are worries about pornography; about whether social networks will lead sons and daughters to date non-Amish friends; and about connecting to a world of seemingly limitless possibilities.

"Amish life is about recognizing the value of agreed-upon limits," said Erik Wesner, an author who runs a blog, Amish America, "and the spirit of the internet cuts against the idea of limits."

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Fun to read.

#1 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2017-09-15 09:58 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Dealing with the Amish in Wisconsin is fascinating. The advantage of an Amish population in the area is people drive slower, so I can ride my bike.

Regarding all the going backwards in time, its a cool idea, but only the rich can do it. IF everyone went back to the old ways, people would die, die due to lack of skill, knowledge, and resources. The Amish way of life is terribly inefficient, it survives like most of the Western World at the benevolence, and military power of American ingenuity, know how, and wealth.

Those days are coming to a close. The Amish and socialist countries under our protection will be the first victims.

#2 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2017-09-15 10:28 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

"The Amish and socialist countries under our protection will be the first victims."

Yer funny, Mackris. Stupid...but funny.

#3 | Posted by Angrydad at 2017-09-15 11:04 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 5

Every Amish church sets it's own rules. What one set of Amish is seen doing does not apply to others.

#4 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2017-09-16 08:00 AM | Reply

#4;

That explains how some deplorable people can call themselves Christians while exhibiting no Christ-like traits.

#5 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2017-09-16 12:51 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

That's where I get My raw milk. From the Amish.

#6 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2017-09-16 05:57 PM | Reply

Always have respected their way of life and what I've read about their strong community bonds.

#7 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2017-09-17 11:24 AM | Reply

The thing I've always found interesting about the Amish is although they choose to live in the past, they sell their goods at today's prices.

#8 | Posted by lfthndthrds at 2017-09-17 04:12 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

I saw a couple of Amish dudes once with a shopping cart full of bread, and a single bag of Cheetos. I assumed they weren't growing corn on their farm.

#9 | Posted by LIVE_OR_DIE at 2017-09-17 05:04 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

#9 It seems odd until you look at it financially. The Amish might not be educated, but they're not stupid. They sell bread at farmer's markets around here for $3 and then go buy bigger loaves for half that at the local grocery store. I routinely see Amish women buying frozen Marie Callender pies. They bake those at home for themselves and sell the pies they bake to the public for the price of 2 Callender pies.

#10 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2017-09-18 12:05 PM | Reply

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