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Stephen Downes

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I find it ironic that a journalism professor is touting the benefits of personal interaction as opposed to the online variety. "He points out the students he's seen walking across campus, holding hands with significant others while talking on cell phones to someone else. He's also observed them in coffee shops, surrounded by people, but staring instead at a computer screen." Well - yeah. Would he also object to people holding hands while listening to the radio? Sitting in a cafe while reading a newspaper? I can see the benefit of advice saying that we should "talk to people" - as though there were anyone who really doubted the wisdom of that. But what makes loose associations by computer distinct from any of the others we have developed over the years?

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