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  • BBracey@aol.com
    Aug 29, 2007
      In a message dated 8/29/07 6:11:56 PM, nwillard@... writes:

      > Hmm. Heaven forbid you challenge the philosophy that people ought to have
      > the right to post anything they want online ‐ regardless of the harm caused
      > to another.
      > Not sure who is worse ‐ Wired or the ACLU.
      People who don't teach don't understand our caution. In a meeting about the
      same thing yesterday
      a parent said to me so, the children should not cross the street because they
      might get hit..
      and then it was well what about the people who live in danger in the real
      world , forget about the internet We kind of need the ACLU for when things get
      really crazy.

      I don't know how we create understanding in tech circles because what makes
      them feel priviledged in their right to say pretty much what they want on the
      Internet. It has changed the world in many ways.

      As a child I never went to the movies that the Pope put on the black list
      that is the list that we Catholic school girls were not supposed to see. It never
      occured to me that , that list was what many people chose as the way to find
      a fairly interesting movie. So I grew up naive , stupid and needing more
      knowledge about the real world without the interference of a human deity.

      Perhaps we want to use Internet literacy as a focus for schools , reply that
      there are so many school boards, and that the group sanctions NSBA sanctions
      social networking.
      We can lean on the National Academies.. and change the subject by talking
      about literacy, and responsibility?


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