Seven of his books grace my shelves.
Seven out of how many? Possibly over 500.
The actual number may be impressive, but it's not the number.
Why him? Why now?
No special reason for the timing other than for the fact that what he has predicted is happening now. The architects, if that's what they are called, are ahead of the curve by something like seven years. I could be mistaken; like I said, I'm a little behind...
Okay...make your point. You've got to be quick and clear. What's this about?
A number of things. Asimov predicted what is happening with regard to the Internet and education, "Now, there's a possibility of a one-to-one relationship for the many. Everyone can have a teacher in the form of access to the gathered knowledge of the human species." Khan Academy is an example.
Within the first minute is pretty much where it's all at.
I would recommend listening from 0:06 mark till
whenever curiosity gives way to distraction:
The Internet and Education.
The clip is part 2 of a Bill Moyers interview in 1988.
Ten minutes is probably 3-4 minutes past the max attention span
of most people who are not already familiar with a topic.
It's just, when he says that "[the student] has got to look forward to the fun in life, which is following his own bent..." as a student, a learner, he's talking about me and countless others. More or less coming from a place where thinking and asking questions was not exactly encouraged, I now find myself in an identical social environment.
"You have everyone looking forward to no longer learning and you make them ashamed afterwords of going back to learning."
Living in a society where information is so tightly controlled and managed is both fascinating and frustrating. At this point, I still care.