The Cost Of Learning By Aaron Swartz

1970 Words Dec 6th, 2014 8 Pages
The Cost of Learning “Those with access to private resources and information — students, librarians, scientists — you have been given a privilege. You get to feed at this banquet of knowledge while the rest of the world is locked out.”(Swartz). Two days after learning of the United States decision on Aaron Swartz’s “hacking” at MIT, he took his life, due to his potential sentence of 35+ years in prison and $1,000,000.00 dollar fine in his court case against the United States Government. Aaron was convicted and soon to be charged with 13 counts of computer fraud because he had downloaded too many documents from the giant online and digital publishing company JSTOR, while using Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Internet servers in Cambridge. The cost of accessing information cost Aaron his life by his choice, but as students we seem forced to pay grossly outrageous amounts of money for tuition, but also for required textbooks that many feel, and strongly believe, should be free, when there is an faster and more effective alternative to learn. There aren’t many legal approaches to accessing textbooks for free, but there is an option and opportunity sitting and waiting to be implemented to eliminate the highly disliked cost of textbooks. While the cost of college textbooks dramatically varies depending on chosen degrees, courses, and even certain professors, I personally spent over $400.00 is required textbooks last semester while attending Utah State University. That…
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