View Poll Results: Should information be free?

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  • All information should be free (i.e. paid for with tax dollars)

    11 47.83%
  • People should be able to vote regarding what types of information should be free

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  • 3. Only info related to social sciences and human biology/medicine should be free to the public

    4 17.39%
  • No information should be free unless the publisher/owner allows it

    8 34.78%
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    Should knowledge be free?

    This poll and discussion forum is in response to the recent SOPA and PIPA issue (see below for a quote from wikipedia):
    SOPA and PIPA would put the burden on website owners to police user-contributed material and call for the unnecessary blocking of entire sites. Small sites won't have sufficient resources to defend themselves. Big media companies may seek to cut off funding sources for their foreign competitors, even if copyright isn't being infringed. Foreign sites will be blacklisted, which means they won't show up in major search engines. SOPA and PIPA would build a framework for future restrictions and suppression.
    In a world in which politicians regulate the Internet based on the influence of big money, Wikipedia and sites like it cannot survive.
    Congress says it's trying to protect the rights of copyright owners, but the "cure" that SOPA and PIPA represent is worse than the disease. SOPA and PIPA are not the answer: they would fatally damage the free and open Internet.
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    To broaden this issue, should all information be free to citizens, or only certain types of information?

    For example, social science type information, i.e. psychological, sociological, political science, social work, etc., and medical articles (research related etc.) are often not available to citizens without a charge. Much of this information could be used by the general public in order to inform better public policy, however, most citizens have to pay to view the info. Should part of our taxes go toward freeing up this type of information for the general public? Should only those who can afford it, be allowed to know critical information such as this? Or should we keep citizens uneducated? Would this even make a difference? What kinds of limits (if any) should be placed on how educated we allow our citizens to become without charge? Is it democratic to keep citizens ignorant, thus limiting their ability to make educated votes? Why or why not?

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    Re: Should knowledge be free?

    Absolutely not. I would prefer to institute limits as to what is absolutely available for free, and allow content providers to make the choice as to what should be free. Providers of wisdom and their contributors should not be forced to give their wisdom or skills without suitable material compensation. The transmission of political terminology into the academic sphere should be exercised with caution. Just because something is democratic does not mean it is superior. If you were to supply me with a label, I am utterly fine with being called a believer in keeping the aristocratic line for scholarship afloat against the sometimes demeaning tendencies of radical mass democrats.
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    Re: Should knowledge be free?

    Quote Originally Posted by Fiddytree View Post
    Absolutely not. I would prefer to institute limits as to what is absolutely available for free, and allow content providers to make the choice as to what should be free. Providers of wisdom and their contributors should not be forced to give their wisdom or skills without suitable material compensation. The transmission of political terminology into the academic sphere should be exercised with caution. Just because something is democratic does not mean it is superior. If you were to supply me with a label, I am utterly fine with being called a believer in keeping the aristocratic line for scholarship afloat against the sometimes demeaning tendencies of radical mass democrats.
    So what option did you pick? Or which would be closest to what you believe? Do you believe we should have informed or ignorant voters?
    Last edited by MusicAdventurer; 01-18-12 at 11:58 PM.

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    Re: Should knowledge be free?

    That's all we need is more ignorant people who can't afford any knowledge. Hell you can't pound it into some peoples heads, more less give it away.
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    Re: Should knowledge be free?

    Quote Originally Posted by grip View Post
    That's all we need is more ignorant people who can't afford any knowledge. Hell you can't pound into some peoples heads more less give it away.
    So what option did you pick? Or which would be closest to what you believe? Do you believe we should have informed or ignorant voters?

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    Re: Should knowledge be free?

    Quote Originally Posted by MusicAdventurer View Post
    This poll and discussion forum is in response to the recent SOPA and PIPA issue (see below for a quote from wikipedia):


    Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    for more info visit this site:

    SOPA and PIPA - Learn more - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    To broaden this issue, should all information be free to citizens, or only certain types of information?

    For example, social science type information, i.e. psychological, sociological, political science, social work, etc., and medical articles (research related etc.) are often not available to citizens without a charge. Much of this information could be used by the general public in order to inform better public policy, however, most citizens have to pay to view the info. Should part of our taxes go toward freeing up this type of information for the general public? Should only those who can afford it, be allowed to know critical information such as this? Or should we keep citizens uneducated? Would this even make a difference? What kinds of limits (if any) should be placed on how educated we allow our citizens to become without charge? Is it democratic to keep citizens ignorant, thus limiting their ability to make educated votes? Why or why not?
    Why do we need our taxes to subsidize the flow of information? The people who should decide whether the information is free or not are the ones who put up the websites that provide it. Want me to be a member and pay for access? I may. I may not. But once I get there, as long as I have a copy/paste on my computer, I'll move that information anywhere I please. Don't want me to do that? Encrypt the copy...I'm sure there's a way to do that. In fact, I know there is as I've run into it every once in a while.
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    Re: Should knowledge be free?

    Quote Originally Posted by MusicAdventurer View Post
    So what option did you pick? Or which would be closest to what you believe? Do you believe we should have informed or ignorant voters?
    Knowledge is never "free"; it has to be acquired. What I mean is that it's not gained passively. Those who wish to become better informed have options, including libraries and cybraries, but as already been observed, you can't pound it into some folks' heads or even give it away for free.

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    Re: Should knowledge be free?

    Quote Originally Posted by MusicAdventurer View Post
    So what option did you pick? Or which would be closest to what you believe? Do you believe we should have informed or ignorant voters?
    Most information should be free. It won't make dumb people smart but it'll definitely help the uneducated. Realistically, I already pay the cable company for my ISP and who knows how many advertisers. There's personal and security information that shouldn't be accessed and some could be paid for it's just to engrossing a question to answer easily. I'd leave Wiki and most current sources free if that's the point?
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    Re: Should knowledge be free?

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    Why do we need our taxes to subsidize the flow of information?
    You make a good point, my position is that any information that could allow citizens to make better public policy decisions, should be free. What I mean by this is that academic articles that apply should be free. I believe that college should be free. I believe that receiving a degree should be based only on one's academic achievements, not one's financial inheritance. I believe this because this would be true equal opportunity. I believe in equal opportunity.

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    The people who should decide whether the information is free or not are the ones who put up the websites that provide it. Want me to be a member and pay for access? I may. I may not. But once I get there, as long as I have a copy/paste on my computer, I'll move that information anywhere I please. Don't want me to do that? Encrypt the copy...I'm sure there's a way to do that. In fact, I know there is as I've run into it every once in a while.
    So what option did you pick? Or which would be closest to what you believe? Do you believe we should have informed or ignorant voters? Do you believe in democracy?

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    Re: Should knowledge be free?

    Quote Originally Posted by nota bene View Post
    Knowledge is never "free"; it has to be acquired. What I mean is that it's not gained passively. Those who wish to become better informed have options, including libraries and cybraries, but as already been observed, you can't pound it into some folks' heads or even give it away for free.
    OK, maybe I have missed something there ... are you saying that all scientific articles are available through any public library?

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