By Stephen Downes
December 30, 2003

2004: The Turning Point
In this article I base my projections not on stock prices, sales trends or focus group analysis. I base it on what I think - on what I feel, in the classic sense of the Idoru - is driving the hearts of those who will make the final decisions on the future of the internet, those who use it. By Stephen Downes, Stephen's Web, December 30, 2003 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Ed Blogging 2003
Some highlights for the year in the world of Ed-Blogging. I don't agree with the picks, but hey, if I don't like them, as they say, I should write my own - this is the blogosphere after all. By Will Richardson, WebloggEd, December 30, 2003 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Does the End Justify the Means?
This response to David Weinberger and Doc Searls's article 'World of Ends' challenges some now popular opinions, and especially the idea that value in a network is created at the end, not the middle. But is a smart network a bad thing? Look at Google - that's smart, isn't it? And what about the telephone system, which worked well for 100 years and was smart because it had to be. I'm not sure I buy the hard-core capitalism that underlies this item (after all, much of the internet was not created using investment dollars). As for the rest, well, food for thought. By Ken Camp, Digital Common Sense, December 29, 2003 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Hung Out to Dry by the Sponsors
With WalMart selling sanitized versions of music and video and greater corporate influence reaching intoi affairs of academia and culture, it's worth looking at this cautionary tale about what happens when creativity pushes the edge in a sponsored world. By Peter Kennard, The Guardian, December 30, 2003 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

College to Address Copyright
It won't be business as usual next year at Ithaca College as instructors will now have to obtain copyright clearance for materials traditionally shared - legally, they thought (probably correctly), under fair use - in student course packs. In addition to the cost, instructors will now have to spend a certain amount of time each year chasing down permissions for thirty or more items. Oh yes, this is a good use of faculty time. By Anne K. Walters, The Ithacan, December 11, 2003 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Truth about High School
An unpopular high school validictorian, elected as a joke, tells it like it is. "I am not the most popular person, not even close," he wrote. "I am not on the sports teams, I am not on Students Council. If I can be elected valedictorian, anything is possible," he concluded, borrowing a phrase from an unlikely teenage muse, Napoleon: "I am the revolution." Such a student would be welcome any day in my house. By Siri Agrell, National Post, December 27, 2003 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

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