CBS web site slammed with votes; old people pissed about voting options.

CBS web site slammed with votes; old people pissed about voting options.
The Survivor All-Stars special, dubbed “America’s Tribal Council,” airs tonight at 8 p.m. ET. Jeff Probst will give one of the cast members $1 million, based upon votes from viewers. The show will also apparently fill time with clips from past seasons, also based upon viewer votes. CBS’ web site has been slammed with record traffic since Sunday evening–“more than 100 million page views” and 8 million votes, Zap2it.com reports. However, there would have been more votes had CBS not limited voting to these “cell phones” and this “web site” thing.
St. Petersburg, Fla., resident Jean Horne, who’s 69 (heh), “doesn’t own a cell phone for text messaging or a computer for Internet access” but wanted to vote for Rupert. Sadly, “she said network staffers were less than receptive when she called to complain,” the St. Petersburg Times’ Eric Deggans reports. CBS spokeswoman Colleen Sullivan was hysterically blunt, calling telephones “antiquated”: “There’s isn’t a person in theory who can’t get to a computer at a library or copy center. To take phone-in calls is a bit antiquated.” Apparently she’s never been to Florida, where people often can’t even get from room to room in their own homes.

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