Thursday, February 15, 2007

U.S. senator: It's time to ban Wikipedia in schools, libraries

Here's the newest from Sen. Ted Stevens, the man who described the Internet as a series of tubes: It's time for the federal government to ban access to Wikipedia, MySpace, and social networking sites from schools and libraries.



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3 comments:

Matthew Nehrling said...

The article is very misleading. The comments about banning Wikipedia and/or MySpace are actually the journalists opinion and not actually part of the bill.

Here is a link to Senate Bill 49-
http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=s110-49

Summary:: A bill to amend the Communications Act of 1934 to prevent the carriage of child pornography by video service providers, to protect children from online predators, and to restrict the sale or purchase of children's personal information in interstate commerce.


It is a far stretch to say that this will ban Wikipedia or MySpace from Libraries.

Brent Schlenker said...

Matt! Huge thanks for the clarification. I guest its best that I check my sources more often ;-)

But I suppose that's why the bloggoshpere is so awesome! One minute I've got it wrong...then next minute someone adds the conversation and clears things up.

I love this stuff!

Matthew Nehrling said...

Amazing isn't it? 15 years ago we couldn't even check up on these things. If a journalist said something, we could either take them at their word or spend days and days doing research, still with no outlet to voice this clarification to the public.

Think about the whole Dan Rather forged documents fiasco a couple of years ago. Bloggers on Free Republic were able to get copies of the so called original docs, compare it to one generated in Word (default settings) and prove it was a fake, all within a few hours of the story posting.. within a few days they also found that the person who supposedly wrote the report had retired several years before it was written..

The internet really does keep a check and balance on all information. The 'Chaos' factor people fear actually has its advantages.