how the Web has transformed books and education

Once upon a time, studying required going to a book store or library and searching for hours for what might be that perfect book with the perfect quotation by that specific person.  Today, there is a way that has erased all of the agony our ancestors endured, and that is called the web.  By simply typing a quotation or author you can get what you are looking for.  Today you can have 1000 of pages of writing condensed in one little tablet.

As scary as it is, internet really is replacing everything, including a classroom education, a book, a date, a travel agent, a phone number, my list goes on and on… and on.  “An Oxford study says the internet is now the default place for information for next generation users.”  It is the easiest and most sufficient way of gathering recourses, and our world does not know what to do about it.  How are we supposed to change centuries of traditions?  Perhaps it is all changing for us and subconsciously we are all sucked in it.  We cannot even control our education system, for the internet has taken over.  People are downloading ivy league school lectures on their iTunes, so why do they actually have to move on campus?  “In the US, more than 2,300 school districts have begun programmes using iPads – and a growing number of classrooms have one per pupil.”

Although I believe this is in INCREDIBLE advance in our history, I also feel that it excuses laziness and activeness. I believe that going to school, studying hard, and interacting with teachers and students is all apart of an education. It is not only about the names and dates.  By relying so much on our computer screens we are taking that interactive and growing experience away and I believe that is a shame.  Although this is true, there are many positive aspects that perhaps cancel this belief out.  For example, money.

University tuitions tuitions today are so high, it feels like a joke.  Unless you are academically gifted and can get all the scholarships in the world you need deep pockets to go to a private American university.  With the internet as a source of education, this solves a lot of financial problems.  In this case, these online institutions might as well be called miracles, because now many more people have the possibility of an education and that is all that really matters.

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