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I hope that the holidays are going really well for people.  Maybe if you have some time for a bit of reading, there’ll be some posts on this blog throughout the next month of some sites which may be of interest.  Don’t forget that you can use the links to subscribe to be notified of new posts.  And, of course, please feel free to post comments.

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Power Up, Don’t Power Down

Back to the question of my hypocrisy. Legislating against social networking sites and banning cell phones from schools may not be directly analogous to stiffening up gun registration laws and making automatic weapons difficult for people to acquire, but it is close enough to make me reconsider both issues.

Isaac Asimov, the great scientist and writer, once said the important thing to forecast is not the automobile, but the parking problem; not the television, but the soap opera. In other words, we need to pay attention to technology’s impact on people. We need to figure out how to use technology effectively and responsibly rather than ban it, and put the onus of responsible technology use on the users: teachers, students, and parents. I think that works for cell phones, MySpace, and the like. I still don’t think it works for guns, but I’m now giving it a second thought.

Geoffrey H. Fletcher is editorial director of T.H.E. Journal and executive director of T.H.E. Institute.

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