Information leads to knowledge which leads to power or a felony

Its funny how people say that “Knowledge is power” which makes other people want to gain more knowledge(hopefully), but when we want to gain knowledge there is always an obstacle in your path when we try to gain or pursue it. In “Aaron Swartz: Opening Access to Knowledge” the article explains how Mr.Swartz wanted to share information with everyone that can give them knowledge but people would have to subscribe(such a horrible word these days, makes you cringe right?) to a digital library such as JSTOR. Mr.Swartz wanted to share this information and he did, but when he did somehow under vague wire-fraud and computer-abuse laws, he was charged with 13 felony offenses(and here I thought sharing was caring).

Why cant information just be free? Why is it that we the consumers must pay to receive information that can one day help us? 

One thought on “Information leads to knowledge which leads to power or a felony

  1. Sara G

    In my opinion I believe all information should be free to the people as well. Unfortunately it is not like that.The reason I believe that important information is not put out there for the public is because if we had that in our hands there would be no need for us to pay money, for example being a math teacher just requires you to know basic math, that, you can look up and be a math teacher, but instead we have to go through a whole process of taking information and having to pay to get that information in order to be that math teacher. If we had that information in our hands there would be no need for us to pay them and they would not make profit out of us.

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