Computers should be in the schools. They have the potential to accomplish great things. With the right software, they could help make science __16__ or teach neglected topics like art and music. In practice, however, computers make our worst educational nightmares come true. While we bemoan the __17__ of literacy, computers discount words in favor of pictures and pictures in favor of video. While we __18__ the decreasing cogency of public debate, computers dismiss linear argument and promote fast shallow romps across the information landscape.
Take multimedia. The idea of multimedia is to combine text, sound, and pictures in a single package that you browse on screen. By offering children candy-coated books, multimedia is guaranteed to __19__ unsweetened reading. It makes the printed page look even more boring than it used to look. And books will have all the __20__ of a dusty piano to a teen who has a Walkman handy. 【題組】
16. (A) tangible (B) tactile (C) optimal (D) olfactory