21st Century Dinosaurs

Posted on April 12, 2012

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A teacher I know was recently told that she was a dinosaur because she preferred books to iPads or Kindles.  A dinosaur?  We both thought that was a little harsh.  No, she doesn’t rush out to buy the latest tech gadget as soon as it comes out.  But she’s no Luddite; she is open to change and quite proactive in doing so.  I find her use of technology to be quite inspiring.

I’m not THAT old, but I do remember all of the techie gadgets of the past – the filmstrip projector, the reel to reel tape machine, the 16mm projector, record players, casette players, Betamax players, laser discs – each one was going to save the world and make it a better place.  Did any of them make books obsolete?  Of course not.  And the ereaders of today will never completely replace books, either.

I don’t remember life before tv, but from what I read many people were certain tv would kill the movies.  Of course, that never happened.  TV and movies still co-exist today.  TV didn’t kill radio, either.  So let’s slow down a little and not be so quick to give each other prehistoric nicknames when we aren’t early adopters.  And, more importantly, let’s not be so quick to declare the death of printed books.  The printing press didn’t kill out calligraphy, either.

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