After watching the 1968 Demo I am really stuck on the idea of the NLS (computer system) serving as a tool to navigate through complex structure with the utilization of hypertext links and the mouse (a.k.a. the “bug”). It really relates to the idea of “associational thinking” and the idea of “hierarchical structure” as the user can select exactly what he/she will learn. So when we think of the computer as a means of education, it is interesting to think of it in this way. Some would say that this ability to see what you want to see whenever, wherever, is desirable and enables a cultivated perspective on any given concept. Some would also argue, as I learned a few semesters ago in an introductory political science course, that the constant availability and accessibility of information complicates the decision-making scene. My professor expounded on this point by asserting that computer technology is powerful in making barriers and filters stronger and higher (more of a selective, intentional, purposive process) and in turn keeps many users limited to their own viewpoint, because we only seek out concepts we can “grok” if you will.
I cannot decide which viewpoint I believe and I think it truly depends on the user and relates back to the idea of how our education system is designed. Students who are only concerned with the grade, who only seek out the answer rather than value the process, will most likely filter out foreign ideas and concepts where as students who truly want to learn and become more educated on a truly useful and applicable level, will seek out concepts that present a challenge, that engage innovate ways of thinking.