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Having done my doctoral research on the history of education, and having delved very deeply into the 1840s, I couldn’t possibly disagree more. The rapid change in technologies, the shift from isolation to constant, instantaneous news flow, the dramatic rise in available media and the incredible changes in education, impacted everyone, and the switch was faster then than it has been now.

But the point is that technology democratizes and those previously with power bemoan the changes. Socrates was right, literacy did limit deep learning, did make it too easy, did change the world he knew.

Oh well.

  • Ira Socol