Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

I know that news media differs from education in significant ways. Nonetheless, I think this article is instructive - it is a lengthy list of the reasons people gave for why they cancelled their subscriptions. Cost was a major factor. But form my perspective, another was what amounts to a betrayal of trust. News media were expected to inform, but over time as ownership changed they became much more adept at maximizing profits and presenting a corporate-friendly perspective. When we read all the time about educators needing to meet employer needs and train for values such as innovation and entrepreneurship, I see the same sort of thing happening. Education, just like news media, functions best if it represents the interests of the reader, not the owner. When it doesn't, people sign off.

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Stephen Downes Stephen Downes, Casselman, Canada
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