Metaphors Gone Mad
I found it really interesting how certain words in today's language have much different meanings than they once did. Take the word "computer" for example.
On page 110 Postman states, " Today, when the word "computer" is used without a modifier before it, it normally means some version of the machine invented by John von Neumann in the 1940's. Before that, the word "computer" referred to a person (similiarly to the early use of the word "typewriter") who performed some kind of mechanical calculation."
When I read that sentence, I stopped and thought for a second. I never actually thought about the two different possible meanings. I obviously only thought of the machine-based word. We live in a world where technology is so overrun and used for everything. It's funny how many other words have been shifted from being based upon people to machines. Take the word "virus" for example. It has two meanings in today's world - human virus and computer virus. The proper word for the computer "virus" is actually "worm", but based on how the media described what was happening to the computers back in 1988, people were much more familiar with the term virus and how it's effects were similar to that of a human virus. The media said the "computers were "infected" and that the virus was "virulent" and "contagious" . . . " Of course the word "virus" will stick when references are being made in that way. I just think it's interesting how much of our language today revolves around technology and how much it has shifted from one meaning to another.