Introductory sentences problematic

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Hi Kim and Wayne,

We made a decision to not use in-text citations (that is, (Lessig, 2004)) in these learning materials, as the purpose is for learning (not reporting research results); learners who are not used to reading research papers may find them distracting.

As we introduced Lawrence Lessig in an earlier module in the course, I wonder if it would be useful to revise the sentence to specifically refer to Lessig as promoting this idea. This way we retain having his name in the text, and can delete the in text reference. For example:

In his book Free Culture. How big media uses technology and the law to lock down culture and control creativity, Lawrence Lessig explains that the default, © copyright all rights reserved (applicable in most countries) contradicts the original purpose of copyright: to promote progress in science and the useful arts - a public good. The purpose is not to enrich publishers or authors, or to grant them undue influence on development and distribution of culture.[1]

I'm also fine with just deleting the in-text citation, leaving the link to the reference.

One more suggestion: It think we should delete the comma after "default" --reads better.

Let me know your thoughts.


ASnieckus (talk)07:15, 4 July 2012

Hi Alison,

You're amazing! I am happy with all your suggestions. It's important to remain consistent.

Thanks :-)


Mackiwg (talk)11:36, 4 July 2012

Thanks....but really not (blush). I'll make the change.


ASnieckus (talk)02:08, 5 July 2012

I made one further change....put the name of the default in quotes. I think it helps learners see that this is the default phrase:

'...the default "© copyright all rights reserved" (applicable in most countries) contradicts...."

I like how this new lead-in in the introduction previews the contents of the module, namely the history page. Good addition.


ASnieckus (talk)02:21, 5 July 2012

Thanks Alison and Wayne :-)

KTucker (talk)13:55, 9 July 2012