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There are good programs of ethical
discourse already operating in many
schools. They deserve government
endorsement and funding. But they’re
hard to teach and many teachers are
wary of being part of them because of
political correctness. We must point out
to our children that society does decide by
consensus that certain values are good and
certain values are bad. They need to learn
how to tell the difference because massive
volumes of both exist on the Internet.
Implicit in all of this is the fact that the
capacity to think robustly, to contemplate
human nature and how it engages with
the social realities which surround it,
is essentially developmental and this
development since the beginning of
time has had positive links to changing
technologies. The invention of the wheel,
the printing press, the splitting of the
atom, the landing on the moon, supersonic
travel and now the Internet have all
required that we adjust the way we think
about ourselves in the universe. Nothing
in the past, however, compares with the
impact of the Internet and its potential not
just to influence changes in our perception
of ourselves but to control and define it.
Computer buffs are talking enthusiastically
about the next evolutionary stage of
the Internet, which will be wireless and
will find us, wherever we are, to advise,
inform, cajole and entertain us according
to how it assesses our needs. (Frequent
visitors to Amazon.com will know that
this technology is already upon us.)
We will not travel the Internet in search
of information. That information will
find us according to how it has calculated
our needs and wants. Critical capacities
as one part of our human psyche will
thereby diminish in significance. I don’t
believe we are ready – legally, morally,
intellectually or environmentally – for
such a future. We must sustain the
necessary discourse and, above all, keep
hold of our capacity to protect the very
soul of what it means to be human.
1 The Mercury, Hobart, Tasmania,
July 12, 2001.
2 See Online Advertising in Children
and the Internet Accessed at http://
ci.htm on September 15, 2005.
3 For more information, see Dreyfus,
H. (2002), On the internet, Routledge
Books, New York, NY.
4 Quoted in Directions in Education,
Newsletter of the Australian Council
for Educational Leaders, Vol 13:14,
August 20, 2004.
5 (Guernesey, L: “The Search Engine
as Cyborg”, New York Times,
June 29, 2000).
6 Quoted in Dreyfus, op cit, p. 73.
7 Quoted in Dreyfus, op cit, p. 74 .
8 See Postman, N. (1985) Amusing
ourselves to death, Routledge Books,
New York, NY.
Installing Video Projectors? You need the JED T460 controller!
JED Microprocessors, in Melbourne, has designed and builds a low cost wired remote controller for video projectors in
classrooms, laboratories, meeting rooms, churches and lecture theatres. It can be built into a lectern or desk, or it can mount
on a wall. The JED T460 is a simple control panel pre-programmed to control the most needed projector functions from just
four clearly labelled buttons. Compare this with complex, 30-button, hand-held remotes, which get dropped, lost, or stolen.
The ON and OFF buttons turn the projector on and off. (The ON button also scrolls between installed available sources.)
The VOLUME UP and VOLUME DOWN do just that (or can become Mute On/Off keys or Mute and Freeze toggles).
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The unit also has a built-in timer, which if you value the running-time costs of projector bulbs, can pay for the unit just by
preventing the projector from being left on when everyone goes home. An associated T461 audio controller is available to
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• See: http://www.jedmicro.com.au/projector_controllers.htm
• Discuss it with the Audio-Visual department in your organisation
(they are possibly already familiar with, or using the T460!)
• Or if you want to talk with a supplier, call JED, or see the site.
JED Microprocessors Pty Ltd
173 Boronia Rd, Boronia, 3155, Australia
Phone (03) 9762 3588, Fax (03) 9762 5499
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