- When the first steam railways began operating, it was apparent they were making very poor use of the canals that carried tons of barge traffic.
- When the first telephones got connected, they were practically useless compared to the elaborate network of telegraph transmission offices and delivery boys.
- When the first television stations began broadcasting, the selection of programs was paltry compared to the vast panorama of radio broadcasts
- When online games were offered on AOL and Compuserv in the 1980's, there was no way they could compete with card games, board games, party games or ball games.
- As entering freshman are far more media savvy than print literate, they are making very poor use of reading requirements and textbooks which has always delivered tons of information.
- As the first college students got connected to each other, the problems they solved were insignificant compared to professional experts hired to fix things.
- As the initial lectures and support materials were made accessible online, the selection was paltry compared to the panorama of online films, videos and games.
- As the online learning was first organized by LMS's like Blackboard and Moodle, there was no way they could compete with online shopping, socializing, gaming and content generation.
Do you see a pattern here like I must be? Am I drawing valid parallels between shifts in technology and remedial coursework for entering college students?