The delights of the economic crisis continue: public schools in Greece started this month with no books. Nope, not a single textbook for anyone. But have no fear. Amid the finger pointing in parliament (of which I have only the slightest, word on the street and occasional English-news article knowledge), solutions abound — we will give the kids cd-roms of the material they need to study.
What’s that, you say? What about kids who don’t have computers? Oh, have no fear, we’ll give them photocopies! (And now is when you ask what good a photocopy of a cd-rom is.)
Maybe they can look to their ancestors here. After all, this is the culture that brought us those great masters of the oral tradition — Socrates, Plato, Aristotle. They will simply draw upon the ancients and forgo the modern amenity that is paper.