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  • The e-reader over your shoulder

    DRM and the new Thought Police

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haswellcomppile@gmail.com Nov 11, 2012 8:16 am


While I agree whole-heartedly with Dennis's take on the big-brother machinations of this new machinery, I note that a spokesman for CourseSmart says that students can choose not to have their reading data shared. What if during the trial runs 100% of the students choose to opt out? What if during the trial runs 100% of the teachers choose not to inform the students of this option?

The digital revolution is also a revolution in choice.

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arpad89@gmail.com Nov 11, 2012 4:45 pm

I don’t want to seem too old-fashioned and incapable of embracing novelty, but I don’t see why everyone has to have e-readers these days. I do believe that the printed word still has its merits (e.g. it can be lent or read even if you’ve accidentally spilled liquid on it). However, if one chooses to use a reading gadget, one should accept its pros as well as its cons.

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