How did a joke we made up about Amelia Bedelia while we were stoned get repeated all over the Internet for more than five years, by blogs and reporters and elementary school students and even the author of Amelia Bedelia himself?

I accidentally started a Wikipedia hoax

“Of all the professions we studied in the U.S., teachers are the least likely to say that their opinions count and the least likely to say that their supervisor creates an open and sharing environment,” said Brandon Busteed, executive director of Gallup Education, at the Next New World Conference. This is a troubling trend at a time when schools need to continue to attract high quality educators. “If the perception in our country is that teaching is not a great profession to go into, we certainly aren’t going to be encouraging really talented young people to be thinking about the profession of teaching,” Busteed said in an interview with Stephen Smith on the American RadioWorks podcast.

What Motivates Teachers? | MindShift

The Missouri State Legislature introduced two related bills aimed to update its existing privacy laws to include records for materials including ebooks, electronic documents, streaming video, music, and downloadable audiobooks, as well as the use of using Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology. Missouri Governor Jay Nixon approved one of the bills, which will go into effect on August 28, while rejecting the other. Though the privacy of patrons’ library records has traditionally been sacrosanct, digital technology has transformed library services, and many states’ privacy laws have been slow to address records for digital media.

Missouri Extends Protection of Library Records Data to Digital Materials - The Digital Shift

Keep in mind that books don’t just compete against books. Books compete against mobile games, television, movies, Facebook, blogs, free news sites and more. If we want a healthy reading culture, we have to work hard to be sure books actually are competitive against these other media types, and a big part of that is working hard to make books less expensive.

Amazon Spells Out Objectives in Hachette Negotiation (via jonathan-deamer)

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That it will be of very great use cannot be questioned, but how will its uses add to the happiness of mankind? Has the land telegraph done any good? Has it banished any evil, mitigated any sorrow?

In 1858, People Said the Telegraph Was ‘Too Fast for the Truth’ - Adrienne LaFrance - The Atlantic

A kind of literary voyeurism, in which visitors get to contemplate the reading habits of their neighbors. Who left the Brazilian travel guides, and who’s reading Camus? Who added Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84, my favorite novel of the last five years? And where will my copy of The Odyssey end up when I leave it in the library for someone else? By peeking into the reading lives of fellow Little Free Library users, you get to know your block better.

Margaret Aldrich on the low-tech appeal of little free libraries (via kickstarter)

A new internet safety report from Ofcom detailing network filters has revealed that the majority of the United Kingdom has opted into being able to view pornography online. Only very small percentages of UK ISP customers have opted to use porn filters; 4% of Virgin Media customers, 5% of BT, and 8% of Sky. However, the numbers only tally new customers that are offered the choice of the filters during account activation, and don’t make note of customers who may decide to turn on the filters at a later date. Ofcom found that around 42% of internet-enabled homes already had broadband filters, so perhaps customers simply didn’t want to double down on internet censorship.

Almost all of England actively chose to view internet porn | News | Geek.com

What if the public speech on Facebook and Twitter is more akin to a conversation happening between two people at a restaurant? Or two people speaking quietly at home, albeit near a window that happens to be open to the street? And if more than a billion people are active on various social networking applications each week, are we saying that there are now a billion public figures? When did we agree to let media redefine everyone who uses social networks as fair game, with no recourse and no framework for consent?

What Is Public? — The Message — Medium

The executive branch will not eavesdrop on the computer keystrokes and Internet use of members of Congress and legislative staff members with security clearances as part of its stepped-up efforts to prevent unauthorized disclosures of classified information, the nation’s top intelligence official told lawmakers on Friday.

Web Use to Be Unmonitored for Congress - NYTimes.com