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Re: Sight or sound?

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Lawrence A. Parker/OCCTI (occti)
Wed, 8 Dec 1999 08:43:45 -0500


> One last word on this topic--

One last word?! Not for a philosopher - "cursed is he who first cries,
"Hold! Enough." (or something like that; my MacBeth is old).

> --since many have come to accept what they see on their
> screens as reality---when, in fact, it isn't that at all.

Isn't this the basis of optical illusions and, of course, a lot of magic
tricks? But additionally, and much more importantly and seriously, this is
becoming a very hot topic in Business, Philosophy, and (if you read my
address at Edinboro) in Education. Noam Chomsky of MIT has dipped into this
in his work with semantics and his book and 2-tape video, both entitled
"Manufacturing Consent", are well worth reading and seeing.

We run into this fine line between truth and fiction. With new technologies
for graphic manipulation, the lines between the two disappear and the whole
area becomes a uniform gray. The problem in education is that we are not
equipping our children with any skills of critical analysis so that they can
discern the differences.


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