Bravo to Amber!

… for putting the first reading on the list: “Is Broadband Internet Access a Public Utility?”

This article makes a good test case for what is good enough for the list. Two big points from the CRAAP test are Authority and Purpose. What is Sam Gustin’s expertise? You can click on his name just below the article title and see what else he’s written for Time. And what is Time‘s authority and purpose? Given that Time is part of Time Warner, a major broadband provider, can we trust them to give us a even-handed account of this issue? I’m not saying that the article is biased or not, just that we should ask the question. If we took this article from the print version of Time, I might consider it a borderline case.

But maybe the real authority in the article is Susan Crawford, since her work is the subject. And since the article is online, the hyperlinks extend the content. The second link in the article goes to the Amazon page for the book, where you can use the Look Inside function to see its Table of Contents and entire Introduction. That connection adds a whole extra dimension to the article, and makes it that much more powerful, more than just a news article – as long as one uses the links.

At the time I looked at the article, the first link gives a Page Not Found error because it goes to the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, rather than the Cardozo School of Law where Crawford actually works, but that only calls into question the competence of Time’s editors, and not the quality of the article. They may have it fixed by the time anyone reads this.

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