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Old 05-03-2009, 03:11 PM   #1
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LXer: The Fear of Knowledge

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I had the opportunity of listening to a presentation by a poorly-informed faculty member at my school regarding copyright laws. This was an eye-opening experience for me into the way those who believe to have a solid grasp of copyright view it. My class of 30+ students listened intently, believing everything they were told, as Mrs. Smith started her lecture…

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A student questioning what they're being taught! A rare and wonderful sight!
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The worst part about Mrs. Smith’s presentation, though, was that the only argument she gave was fear. Her message can be summed up in a quote of hers: “Don’t do it - you will be caught.” When her husband brought home illegal DVDs, she apparently told him, “You may not play those on our DVD player. They are against the law, and we will be caught.” She told us about how the computers at school were constantly being monitored, and how any administrator could view the screen of any computer at any time. “Does anyone monitor your computer at home?” she asked random students throughout the class. Mrs. Smith “explained” to us who was monitoring our computer at home; she claimed that the police, the government, and our ISPs are monitoring our desktops at all times.
Oh my ...

I feel sorry for her husband ... I really do


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