“I submit that, as with all other large corporations, you cannot judge Amazon by the public statements of its executives; they are at best uttered with an eye for strategic propaganda effects, and at worst they’re deeply self-serving and deceptive. Rather, you need to examine their underlying ideology and then the steps they take—and the actions they consider legitimate—in order to achieve their goals.”
I wonder: if Amazon “wins” this war, who will publish books? Amazon itself? What will that sort of thing mean for customers?
“El valor del saber que la Universidad está obligada a representar no es el del almacenamiento, la competencia o la utilidad inmediata. Cuando sostenemos que la Universidad es un espacio en el que hay docencia e investigación no estamos aludiendo a dos actividades que deban realizarse al mismo tiempo sino a la naturaleza del saber que se cultiva en la Universidad; que uno enseña lo que investiga e investiga lo que enseña quiere decir que nos interesa aquella dimensión del saber que lo tiene como algo provisional, revisable, discutible, sujeto a crítica; de alguna manera nos dedicamos a enseñar lo que no sabemos. Para el saber asegurado están otras academias de noble oficio.”
I don’t agree fully with this perspective from the author, as it’s too sided in the knowledge debate, but it’s worth the reading.
The greater market integration of the European Higher Education Area may have unequal benefits across countries and disciplines.
I have always been interested in the American Civil War. It was a conflict which, in many ways, introduced the industrial warfare that became so deadly in the 20th century. It was for example the f…
History must be a guide for present and future conflicts. We are remembering World War I in a world full of small wars, some going on for so long that no one seems to remember anymore the why. Maybe it is time to learn something from past ones.