As an icebreaker in my comp II class this semester, I asked students what they considered the greatest invention in the history of the world. I was inspired by this guy, who believes the greatest invention is writing, which I discussed with students after we shared our answers with each other.
My answer to the question? I was torn between two answers:
On one hand, I think the printing press was a pretty important moment (duh, I know). Without this invention, how would we disseminate information to large amounts of people? Without the printing press first, I don’t think we would ever have made it to the idea of the internet (uh, hello, the blogging service I use is wordpress).
On the other hand. . .pants. Simple but true. After twelve years of Catholic school and the accompanying uniform skirts, I really appreciate being able to cover my legs with fabric, for warmth and for the ability to sit on tables when I teach without worrying about covering things up.
While I like to think of myself as a sophisticated academic at times, it doesn’t take much to make me happy.
Pants it is.