Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community
OK, this is a nice sentiment: "Cutting and pasting a lot of content into a blog is not what we want to see... It is more consistent with the spirit of the Internet to link to content so people can read the whole thing in context." Well, sure. But here's the condition on the other side: there needs to be something to link to. What Associated Press fails to recognize in its recent campaign against cut-and-paste blogging is that this was the only way for many readers to see the story at all - the rest was behind a subscription wall. And the same is true in education, indeed, even more so. Education bloggers can play nice with commercial media - but only if commercial media plays nice with its readers. Which means open access.

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Stephen Downes Stephen Downes, Casselman, Canada
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Last Updated: Mar 30, 2021 05:28 a.m.