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@dairybusiness.com: Using technology to decide my vote


By Kayla Jentz


Last night on the news they were discussing the voter who feels under-informed about the presidential candidates. I’m pretty sure they were talking about me, along with thousands of others of Americans. 

There are hundreds of conflicting political topics where one side leans one way, and the other leans hard the opposite direction. 

I hardly know who falls where on the “major” topics, let alone all the smaller issues, so how can I make an informed decision based on that limited knowledge? I feel like I hardly even know these people, although they may be running the country someday. 

And no matter how many times I get an automated telephone message from Barack or Mitt (we’re on a first name basis now), or see their oh-so-kind TV commercials about each other, we’re still not BFF’s. 

So rather than not voting at all, I am going to use technology to help determine my vote. 

In college, one of our professors had us find and fill out a survey that chose the correct political candidate based on our answers to a variety of questions. At the end, you knew who you should be voting for based on the percentage of your answers aligned with their stance. 

There are hundreds of these tools online by now, I’m sure, and I’ll be using one to help pick my candidate. 

Some of you may criticize my method of selection, but for starters it’s better than not voting at all. And, don’t criticize if you’ve used the Internet to help do research and make a business decision in the last 10 years – it’s the same thing. 

We’re in an age of technology where an answer is at your fingertips. For instance, I just Google’d “automated calf feeders” for the fun of it, and I was bombarded with relevant videos, pictures, articles, Facebook posts, and even Craigslist listings on automated calf feeders. 

I don’t know about you, but I find that pretty cool. 

I’m not saying that you should or could make a purchasing decision on an automated feeder solely on what you find on the Internet, but you could get a long ways into your decision-making process.

Same goes for typing in “milk quality” or “fresh cow health” or “sand separator”. All have pages of information waiting for your next search. 

I’m sure there are some of you that I’m just preaching to the choir, but I also know there are some that could find value in doing a little Internet-based research if they’re having a farm problem, or need information.

We all need a little help with making a decision at some point or another. Why not take advantage of the resources?


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