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Metaphor

Metaphor is a familiar concept to all of us; it's an integral part of our lives, without most of us even realizing it. In everyday speech we liken one thing to another because it makes it easier for people to understand what we are talking about. When we use metaphor, we simply leverage a person's understanding of one thing, by applying it to another. Metaphor can, therefore, be important for learning as well as for communication.

We are exposed to a myriad of different metaphors in the world of technology. We are familiar with metaphors such as the ubiquitous realm of technology as "cyberspace," the Internet as "information superhighway," and the computer as a "tool," "assistant," "theater," and "ubiquitous resource."


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