Civilization took a great leap forward when we learned how to write stuff down. Now we're learning to film our stories and to TiVo them. Fasten your seat belt.
Coincidentally, I was commiserating with a fellow professor yesterday about the gulf between what universities have first-year computer science students do ("Sort a list of strings") and what many of those same students do on their own time ("Create a Flash animation of three turtles wishing my boyfriend a happy birthday"). I guess it all comes down to Toffler's Law: "The future always arrives too soon, and in the wrong order."
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