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July 9, 2010

The Beginning of Knowledge [9:14 am]

It starts when you acknowledge that the simple explanation is not going to cut it: No Easy Answers in the Copyright Debate [pdf]

You’d think it’d be pretty easy to live within the copyright laws, or at least to understand them: If you want something of value, you pay for it.

But two things happened this week that are enough to rattle anyone who thinks its that simple.

On the other hand, David Brooks is just bomb-throwing here: The Medium Is the Medium [pdf]

Recently, Internet mavens got some bad news. Jacob Vigdor and Helen Ladd of Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy examined computer use among a half-million 5th through 8th graders in North Carolina. They found that the spread of home computers and high-speed Internet access was associated with significant declines in math and reading scores.

This study, following up on others, finds that broadband access is not necessarily good for kids and may be harmful to their academic performance. And this study used data from 2000 to 2005 before Twitter and Facebook took off.

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