"We already knew that kids learned computer technology more easily than adults," Jaron Lanier once declared. "What we're seeing now is that they don't even need to be taught. It is as if children were waiting all these centuries for someone to invent their native language."

Lanier's favorite anecdote concerned a 3-year-old girl who complained that the TV was broken -- because all she could do was change channels.

["The first generation of postconsumers has been born," Lanier declared.]

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