Dreams: Endless Possibilities

Within the article, Computer Lib, written by Theodor H. Nelson states, “Computers are not everything, they are just an aspect of everything, and not to know this is computer illiteracy, a silly and dangerous ignorance” (Nelson 303). Nelson believes that there is no one simple way, person, or program that can teach a person to be computer literate. Is this true? Are computers that easy to learn, or are is my generation just born to be computer literate from the time we were children until now? He says, “everyone should understand computers” (Nelson 303). Should everyone understand computers in this day and age? For me, I think he is right on this topic. I think everyone know should have some kind of computer literacy within their minds. Computers are taking over the world, and with this, everything is practically computer based. From Nelson’s other article, Dream Machines, “we live in media, as fish live in water” (Nelson 306); we are in a world that has entranced with new media, computers, and the newest technologies. Like a fish in water, we breathe, eat, and live new media. Without new media, would we be the people we are? How would we survive without new media? Would we diminish just like a fish can’t live without water?

Nelson also writes, “Technology is an expression of man’s dreams. If man did not indulge his fantasies, his thoughts alone would inhibit the development of technology itself” (Nelson 307). Our dreams and imagination of what could be is here now, and it is developing every year, or even every month. The dreams we have are coming alive because of technology, and its innovations. Without dreaming and creating, we would not be where we are now. Dreaming is a huge gift we have, and with it, we have made the world what it is now, and it is still is changing with the dreams we come up with. Without dreams, where would the world and the people in it be right now? We have the freedom to dream and to express these dreams.

Nelson also writes from his article, No More Teacher’s Dirty Looks, “Computers offer us the first real chance to let the human mind grow to its full potential, as it cannot within the stifling and insulting setting of existing school systems ” (Nelson 311); “Let the student pick what he wishes to study next, decide when he wishes to be tested, and give him a variety of interesting materials, events and opportunities” (Nelson 313). If the student cannot express their dreams, and their wants of what to learn, then how are they going to learn and be happy about learning? Nelson is right about letting students have the freedom to learn what they want to learn about; having students wanting to learn is something that a teacher cherishes forever, and once the student has that epiphany within themselves, this is the gift of teaching, and this is what makes the difference within the student’s mind, body, and soul. The student wants to learn, and with that want to learn, the student will succeed.

From all of this, we are like fish in water; we are surrounded by new media, and we wouldn’t survive without it. Dreams create new technologies and innovations; without dreams we are nothing, without new media we would not be who we are today, and with students being able to dream and learn, the world and the people in it will succeed.



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