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Will the Internet Destroy Academic Freedom?

By Josh Fischman

The cherished principle of academic freedom may be Googled to death, according a new article in the journal called—appropriately—the Journal of Academic Freedom. Philo A. Hutcheson, associate professor of educational-policy studies at Georgia State University, writes that academics used to be seen as society’s experts, but the Internet makes everybody think they are experts because knowledge is at their fingertips. And if society no longer believes professors have special expertise, it may no longer grant them the ability to pursue controversial ideas that grow from it.

“As the breadth and volume of search engines’ results increase, providing a source of certainty for those building an argument,” he writes, “… the validity of academics’ knowledge, the fundamental assumption of academic freedom, becomes problematic.”

Continued at: http://chronicle.com/blogs/wiredcampus/will-the-internet-destroy-academic-freedom/31302

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