Thursday, June 14, 2012

"Cut, Copy, and Paste"

Reading the article "Cut, Copy, and Paste" by Professor Strate has opened my eyes to a whole new world.  I have never thought of these three commands in the way that Professor Strate has and probably never would have.  The comparison to cut, copy, and paste to a time as far as three million years ago was absurd to me at first.  But after reading the way Professor Strate connected these terms, I cannot help but think that everything we do in our every day lives can be related that far back.  But my favorite part of the article was on page 55 when Professor Strate related all of his opinions to Mark Twain's observance that "when you have a hammer in your hand, everything around you starts to look like a nail.  Just as the early hominids (Homo ergaster, Homo erectus, Homo habilis, Homo heidelbergensis, Homo neanderthalensis, and Homo sapiens) had a sense of literal cut, copy, and paste with materialistic objects, everything around us seems to look like something to cut, pierce, or carve (pg 55).  The relationship between the prehistoric tools and how they have developed throughout the years, starting with cut then copy then paste in that specific order, made me wonder how many other technologies and commands we use today that can be related back to the prehistoric era.

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