Ran across this today, and still feel that the commoditization of information is a problem for humanity
When I was growing up, my father bought encyclopedias and an atlas…that gigantic atlas that always seemed bigger than me. We already had a set or two of grocery story kids encyclopedias and then he bought the bicentennial version of the Encyclopedia Americana and built a built-in shelf unit in our Den for it…So when you watched a movie or the news, the darn encyclopedia was staring down at you. And off in the corner of the room, the Atlas leaned up against the wall. Information was available, and he showed that it was important because we had to pay for it, prominent because it was where the family gathered, and the message: to not use it was stupid since it was right there.
This led to the following behavior:
- Watch Cleopatra, look up Cleopatra.
- Watch Peter the great, look up Alexander Menshikov.
- Watch 3 mile Island disaster…
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