I agree in essence. We have become dependent on computers.<quoted text>
You do make a valid point, you citeing your work is not my point. Imagine this senerio if you will; If the grid were to go down, let us say in a case such as the super-volcano at yellow stone erupting or in the event of war or any number of other things. If you can't cook, which would help a cookbook or a link? You can't kill or dress a deer, there are books to teach that, as well as an untold number of skills. My point is people are looseing their ability to think without the aid of a computer or similar device. I am not saying these are not useful tools, they are. However is education really inhanced by a total dependence on the device. When I took Comp I and II, I did my essays in ink on paper, my works cited, were from books; given that same situation today, how many would pass a college comp class? The internet came into functional existence in 89 or there about, and in less than 25 years people can not live without it, over-dependance on a machine is my point.
If I misspelled anything, I didn't use spellcheck, would have been kinda like cheating in this context!:)
However, that can be said of any age. We tend to become dependent on the machines and technologies of the age. Cars, phones, lighters, packaged food, ect.
That being said, as to the overuse of the net, we still have books. We still retain the ability to read (Albeit sometimes in abbreviated forms)so in the event of a catastrophe the likes of that you have described, we will simply break out the books.