“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”
Computers as printed media? I have mentioned Amusing Ourselves to Death in this blog before, but I’d like to bring it up again. In Sociology today as we began talking about Postman’s book it became quite evident that the professor sympathizes with Postman’s argument, namely that TV as a technology for encouraging serious discourse is a negative thing. Postman and my professor suggest that TV as entertainment is fine because it’s blatant: you don’t watch Saturday morning cartoons and call it educational. On the other hand, they lambast such shows as “Sesame Street” because “Sesame Street” teaches children from a young age that education should be fun and entertaining. Additionally, we discussed televised political debates with the view that, because it’s televised, you’re more likely to take away what the candidate looks like and how good his one-liners are than what his serious political views are. I do think that being raised without television for the most part endowed me with a longer attention span, which TV’s rapid changes doesn’t incubate. However, I’m less interested in that than this: where do computers fall in on that spectrum?