I came across yet another post singing the praises of technology. This person says we should get rid of pens and books, and everything “old”. I’m starting to lose patience with the technological illiteracy that pervades the “technorati”. These people are not enlightened. They are, unfortunately, emboldened. I can “play nice” no more. Here is the comment I tried to leave, but kept getting error messages (perhaps they have an anti-intelligence filter):
This is a ridiculous argument. There is nothing wrong with “holding onto” old technologies. I still use a shovel despite being aware of a skid-loader. I still ride my bicycle despite owning a motorcycle. If you honestly think new technologies can do everything an old technology can in exactly the same way, you are infinitely more technologically illiterate than any of the naysayers you describe.
Here is my challenge to you: For every benefit you identify, what is the trade off? – or what is the down side? EVERY technological advance has a benefit AND a loss, we just have to identify them and decide whether the loss is worth the gain (in many cases it is, but ignoring the loss is dangerous).
Yes, I am being rude, but taking such a naive stance toward technology and just expecting teachers to gobble up your rhetoric is insulting. I am merely responding in kind – if you are not insulted, perhaps you should be.