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Academic Earth

Various authors, Website, Jan 28, 2009

Another launch advertised via email to the edublogosphere (there has been a lot of that recently). This site, Academic Earth, presents "Thousands of video lectures from the world's top scholars." It seems that "top scholar" is being defined as one who teaches in one of the name U.S. universities - a rather narrow definition of "top scholar" if you ask me. That's not to say that they're bad - I sampled a number of them and they are, as expected, clear, articulate and authoritative. But there is an issue of equity and democracy here. We need to see knowledge and the world not just as seem through American scholars' eyes, but through the eyes of the widest possible range of interpretations and world views. Which we will most definitely not find represented in these lectures.

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