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we grew up looking up the dictionaries

Am crescut inainte de Google

Cand Google a inceput sa prinda notorietate aveam deja majoritatea raspunsurilor in capul nostru. Nu sunt sigura cum se descurcau parintii nostri fara atata tehnologie. Ei aveau biblioteci si multe carti in casa. Eu personal nu agream foarte tare vizitele la biblioteca. Preferam sa pun multe intrebari si sa vorbesc cu oameni cand aveam nevoie de raspunsuri. Si apoi Google m-a salvat de la atata vorbarie.

Zilele astea rememorez cum ma duceam la biblioteca si nu ma bucuram prea tare de linistea de acolo. Ador locurile galagioase chiar si zilele astea. Imi place sa imi iau cartile si sa scap in haosul din autobuz, tren sau pur si simplu intr-o cafenea.

…si Wikipedia

Imi imaginez ca ai nostri copii vor rata cautarile in cartile uzate si murdare si isi vor petrece majoritatea timpului pe laptopuri sau tablete. Daca stau sa ma gandesc mai bine, fiul meu deja stie sa dea pe repede inainte cantecele pe tableta. Are abia 1,5 ani. E foarte intuitiva tableta. A incercat aceeasi miscare si pe TV, dar nenorocitul nu a schimbat nimic. A inceput sa il zguduie cu putere crezand ca are ceva defect in interior. Incerc sa il invat ca tehnologia functioneaza diferit si el se uita la mine de parca as fi nebuna. Apoi ma gandesc ca posibil sa aiba dreptate copilul: nu mai e mult pana la holograme ca in Minority Report. Probabil ca vei da cu degetul si se va trece la urmatoarea pagina, la urmatorul capitol, urmatoarea scena.

Si Wikipedia va fi Enciclopedia lor. Ador Wikipedia inca de la inceputurile ei. Apoi am realizat ca e ceva in neregula cu ea din moment ce are editori voluntari. Nu spun ca nu e de incredere, dar spun ca poate fi partinitoare in anumite cazuri. Si fara sa citeasca si alte perspective ale istoriei, copiii nostri nu vor putea judeca drept. Asta este si pericolul google-uitului. Doar o fateta a monedei nu e de ajuns.

We Grew Up Before Google

By the time Google existed most of our answers were already in our head. I am not sure how our parents used to do it without such technology. They had libraries and a lot of books in their homes. I certainly didn’t like going so much to the library. I rather asked many questioned and loved talking to people when I needed answers. And then Google saved my ass and me talking so much. 

These days I remember the days I would go to the library and enjoy very little the silence over there. I love the noisy places even today. I love grabbing my books and escaping the chaos on the bus, in the tram or simply in a cafe.

I can imagine our kids will miss out on the dirty used books and they will spend most of their times on the laptops or tablets. Come to think of it, my son already knows how to fast forward on the tablet. And he is only 1,5 years. He tried to do the same with the TV, but the bastard wouldn’t move an inch. He started shaking it as if something was there to be fixed inside. I am struggling to teach him how technology works differently and he looks at me as if I am dumb. Then I think the kid is actually right: next thing you know you will have holograms like in Minority Report. You will probably just swipe to get to the next page, next chapter, next episode.

before google

… and Wikipedia

And Wikipedia will be their Encyclopedia. I love Wikipedia also even from the start. Then I realized there is something wrong with it since it has volunteer editors. I am not saying that makes it unreliable, just that it may be bias in some cases. And without reading more versions of history they will not judge right. That is the danger of googling. One face of the coin is not enough.

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