Nothing new?

I’m reading a very interesting book, the Social History of The Media, From Gutenberg to the Internet. It does make you wonder if there is anything new under the sun. Man has been producing things that do things (or in shorthand, technology) for eons, there is always another newer technology to displace an older one; spreadsheets instead of double-entry book-keeping, antibiotics instead of sulphonamides, cars instead of horse-drawn vehicles. There are always the same reactions; some like to explain away these new technologies as being “nothing really new” just an extension of what we have always done with some tiny pieces added, whilst others see the new ideas as bolts from the blue, having supernatural/religious origins. Schon (1963) in Invention and the Evolution of Ideas, discussed these ideas 13 years earlier than Briggs and Davies in relation to how people think and how to develop critical thinking.

As I have worked through my research on teaching in Virtual Worlds, watched myself and others struggling with new ways of working, and plodded through treacle-based new technologies, one idea keeps recurring. It really is amazing the way things link together, a complex system that finds a small thing happening in one place making a big change somewhere else. Must be my age! – lol

Getting too tired now – goodnight everyone see you soon 🙂

References

Briggs A and Burke P (2009) The Social History of The Media, From Gutenberg to the Internet (Third Edition), Polity Press, Cambridge

Schon DA (1963) Invention and the Evolution of Ideas, Tavistock Publications Ltd, London

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