March 7th 2008
Flipping The Screen
Half a century ago, people used books for everything related to education. In fact, the human’s
best source of knowledge and education was the book. If you wanted to look up a recipe, you opened a
book. If you wanted to learn how to fix the radio on your car you opened a book called the manual. If
you wanted to know Black beard’s real name you will have to visit the library and go through hundreds
of encyclopaedia pages before finding what you wanted. Now in the 21st century, all you need is a
computer with an Internet connection and the whole world is just a click away. Slowly the computer has
replaced the book in almost every way.
Computers are much better than books because a modern computer can hold a billion
times more information than the average 500-page book. If you wanted to do research about Martin
Luther King Jr. It would take you at least an hour just to find the right book. Where as using a computer,
you can find the same information in less than 5 minutes. Many people use the internet as a dictionary.
finding definitions, this way only takes the time to type the word. A laptop computer equal to the size
and weight of a book holds data about any topic you can think of. A book only covers a specific topic. A
computer can hold much more types of data than a book. When you carry one computer, you are
carrying a hundred thousand books.
In her essay, Proulx mentions an airplane is the best place to read a book and asks, “What are
planes but giant flying reading rooms?” Many people use their laptops or the on board entertainment
system on a plane rather than reading a book. But, from my experience all I seen on planes is people
sleeping, people watching movies and people working on their computers. I have only seen one person
reading a book- a 90-year-old who probably doesn’t know what computers are....