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 From Now On
The Educational Technology Journal

Vol 9|No 7|March|2000
















Just about anyone can pay to post a Web site. Do a search on any topic and you are likely to find an astonishing mix of quality.

Printed books, on the other hand, usually pass through some rigorous quality control measures before they make it to market.

When we buy a printed book, we usually pay for more than the author's best thinking.

We pay for fact checkers.

We pay for editors.

We pay for quality.

But on the Internet, we can ask little and demand less. Quality?

There is no free lunch!

(see "No Free Lunch on the Internet")

One can also find fact checkers, editors and quality on the Internet, but it is likely that such elements will exist mainly on those sites with strong funding - sites paid for with tax dollars, advertising revenues, subscriptions or special interest budgets.



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