…and on a different note, that has to do more about University life more than anything else on this blog. Professor of media studies at the University of Brighton, Tara Brabazon, has done something really brave. She has banned [1] her students from using Wikipedia and search engines (e.g., Google).

Do I agree with it? Well we have been taught and therefore advise students that referencing unreliable webpages and Wikipedia (…and yes, I have seen google searches being referenced!!!) is not acceptable. They do provide a good starting ground and that is my opinion. Not necessarily a complete resource but somewhere to start from. We can not run away from the advances in technology and the strengths it provides. We can, on the other hand, use it in moderation, how ever it is calculated or determined; in this case it is banned.

The Professor says that "Too many students don't use their own brains enough. We need to bring back the important values of research and analysis."[1] I would imagine that this is especially true when students copy paste work or they do not correctly process the knowledge.

For those interested on how “Google is the white bread for the mind” more information can be found here [2].

Links used:
[1] Lecturer bans students from using Google and Wikipedia - http://www.theargus.co.uk/news/generalnews/display.var.1961862.0.lecturer_bans_students_from_using_google_and_wikipedia.php

[2] Google is white bread for the mind - inaugural lecture from Professor Tara Brabazon - http://www.brighton.ac.uk/news/2008/080107googleiswhitebread.php