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Analysis Of Isaac Asimov's "The Fun They Had" "The Fun They Had" is a science fiction short story

by Isaac Asimov. It is a story of an eleven years old girl in the year 2175 - Margie Jones - whose friend Tommy, who is thirteen, has found an old fashioned book with pages that always say the same thing, unlike the computer screens she is used to: "They turned the pages which were yellow and crinkly, and it was awfully funny to read words that stood still instead of moving the way they were supposed to - on a screen." Tommy tells Margie that in the old days, teachers were not computerized instruction machines, like she is used to, but were humans who could teach students by telling them things. Tommy further explains that in the old days students were not taught in their homes, but gathered together in special buildings called schools; where the human teachers would teach her computer teacher is too difficult for her. While she has to do an arithmetic lesson, "she was thinking about the fun they had." In his story Asimov is setting a comparison between our ordinary life in which computers and computerized machines are playing a secondary or let us say an adjuvant role; and an imaginary future life in which computers have gained a principle, substantial and indispensable role in the life of the humans to the extent of replacing them in one of the most vital fields of life; i.e. TEACHING. In my opinion computers and computerized machines can only replace "humans" in the fields of life that do not comprise human interaction and need no respect of the human feelings, intellectual differences and capabilities. And this point of view is highlighted in Asimov's short story. For instance, the mechanical teacher - UNCONCERNED with Margie's inability to answer the tests she had been given - had been giving her a test after test in geography resulting in her hatred for geography, for the mechanical teacher and above all for school: "Margie was scornful.' School? What's there to write about school? I hate school;'" unlike the ordinary human teacher, who would have respected her inability, tried to know her points of weakness and would have done all his best to strengthen them. Moreover, he may have used all the possible encouraging methods - ranging from a smile and a pat on the head to a