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Analysis Of Isaac Asimov's "The Fun they Had"

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Analysis Of Isaac Asimov's "The Fun They Had" "The Fun They Had" is a science fiction short story by Isaac Asimov. It is a story of an eleven years old girl in the year 2175 - Margie Jones - whose friend Tommy, who is thirteen, has found an old fashioned book with pages that always say the same thing, unlike the computer screens she is used to: "They turned the pages which were yellow and crinkly, and it was awfully funny to read words that stood still instead of moving the way they were supposed to - on a screen." Tommy tells Margie that in the old days, teachers were not computerized instruction machines, like she is used to, but were humans who could teach students by telling them things. ...read more.

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indispensable role in the life of the humans to the extent of replacing them in one of the most vital fields of life; i.e. TEACHING. In my opinion computers and computerized machines can only replace "humans" in the fields of life that do not comprise human interaction and need no respect of the human feelings, intellectual differences and capabilities. And this point of view is highlighted in Asimov's short story. For instance, the mechanical teacher - UNCONCERNED with Margie's inability to answer the tests she had been given - had been giving her a test after test in geography resulting in her hatred for geography, for the mechanical teacher and above all for school: "Margie was scornful.' School? ...read more.

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It is not walls, desks and blackboards. A school is teachers, is friends, is a whole lived life. A school is a small society in which students get acquainted with different types of people, gain experiences as well as friends and build up their own personalities. Therefore, it cannot be replaced by a computer situated in a closed room, with a metallic voice of a computerized teacher emanated from it. Overall, it meseems that computers, robots, computerized machines, or whatever it will be their names, can only replace "humans" in the aspects or fields of life that requires no interaction with people - that needs no feelings. They can replace a man in a factory or in cleaning homes and streets, but when it comes to the fields that require understanding of the human feelings and respecting the human differences, this will be impossible. A.Khalifa ...read more.

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