Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

I just finished Trevor Noah's excellent Born a Crime audio-book (over eight hours of cycling) and he makes a very similar point about crime: "crime succeeds because crime does the one thing the government doesn’t do: crime cares. Crime is grassroots. Crime looks for the young kids who need support and a lifting hand." It's the same with fake news and propaganda. And I have to wonder, if as a society we really wanted children to learn and be educated and know the truth, why do we make it so difficult and costly to obtain? As I've said numerous times: "Democracy dies behind a paywall."

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Stephen Downes Stephen Downes, Casselman, Canada
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