Balancing Social and Internet Learning

Having taken my thoughts to a close group of friends to look over and (potentially) destroy, several counterpoints to my hypothesis on Our Relationship to Learning have arisen that I think warrant a response.

Consider this response to the advantages of harnessing human questioning over Internet questioning.

What might be the most important [advantage] is that you get human-to-human contact and connection, which is becoming harder and harder to find in this day and age. That personal touch, that human connection is one of the only things that keeps us from flat out becoming computers, and one of the only things that makes being human preferable to being a computer.

Our Relationship to Learning

I wonder what learning looked like before the Internet. There are the obvious scenarios that come to mind; a woman in a poodle skirt in a library. A family gathered around the living room radio cupping their ears in anticipation. A tall man with slicked back hair nodding emphatically to a stern but wise professor pointing a stick to a board. Well, that’s what I imagine.