By John J. Gordon
For those whose student days
reside in mature memories,
it was like mining for gold:
sifting through mounds of material,
searching for a nugget,
hoping to unearth an information mother lode.
Toiling on a term paper
meant rummaging about musty library stacks,
juggling piles of handwritten note cards,
extracting gems from obscure sources.
This mandatory, mind-stretching exercise
demanded academic discipline,
developed intellectual “muscle“,
even garnered an occasional glittering grade.
Physical mining remains strenuous.
Mining information is now streamlined;
simplified by powerful computer search engines
programmed to capture, catalog, retrieve, serve.
Need information about “Extinct New Zealand Birds”,
“Medieval Celtic Music”, or “2nd Century Roman Coins”?
A few keyboard strokes, mouse clicks
launch today’s inquirer
into information-clogged cyberspace
where thousands of sources materialize
in hundredths of a second.
Accessible, addictive, instantaneous information portal.
Individual results may vary.
does not guarantee wisdom.
Comment: Information is readily accessible. How it is verified, interpreted and used is often suspect.