Thursday, February 05, 2009

are Upgrades always better?

In "the Rise of the Reading public" Elizabeth Eisentein Expreese's how the world is becoming lazy. How valuable lessons on life are trying to be learned from a simple reading. I believe printers and work shops help, because if you ever want to kno something you could always go look it up, But most lesson are best learn from expierences or someone with expierence. A print out cant express the seriousness of something like slavery. it can only give an idea of what the world was like. A relative or somebody who actually has old stories or knows much on that subject, will teach you more than an article ever could. Also this causes the absence of an important person in the childrens life. Grandparents have wisdom about your ancestors that a book or print out couldn't. That elderly person would be there for advise if neccesary.


At 4:54 PM, Blogger Volts said...

I agree with you on the fact that a piece of paper with words on it will pale in comparison to a lesson from an actual person.

However, the person that is giving you that private history lesson might be basis in some why. In turn you learn a false history. Expanding on your example of slavery, what if I heard about the past from a slave owner? Their tale would have the living connection yes, but would more then likely be skewed one way.

Over all I think that printed material exists to establish a basic understanding of things rather then trying to totally immerse some one in a subject. So as to enhance the material gained from a first hand source, such as your grandfather

At 8:00 PM, Blogger Joey Marino said...

I totally agree with this statement because it is so true to understand the future you have to hear the past. I know if it wasnt for my Italian Grand parents I may not ever know the truth about certain issues that they have endured. Overall a great point and the word of mouth is sometimes better than any other media outlet!

At 11:47 PM, Blogger A. Mattson said...

Two good comments.

Yes, oral traditions, grandparents, the wisdom of the elders, are still so important to human culture. But what is Eisenstein saying about how our relationship with information, knowledge was transformed by the advent of print culture? What new kinds of relationships and institutions became possible?


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