Saturday, November 21, 2009

Computers And Education

I'm reading Neil Postman's Technopoly, written in 1992, and this passage struck me:
In introducing the personal computer to the classroom, we shall be breaking a four-hundred-year-old truce between the gregariousness and openness fostered by orality and the introspection and isolation fostered by the written word...Will the widespread use of computers in the classroom defeat once and for all the claims of communal speech? Will the computer raise egocentrism to the status of a virtue?

Some of this has come true and some of it not, but it's fascinating, to me at least, how much the Internet, and in particular the social aspects of the so-called Web 2.0, adds an additional wrinkle. Blogging is writing, but it's not isolated. Well, if nobody reads your blog or comments it is, but it seems different.

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