ISA 14th World Congress Montreal: RC35: Session 'Social Sciences in the World Wide Web'

Larry R. Ridener

Assistant Professor
Department of Sociology
Radford University
Radford, Virginia 24142 USA

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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly in Cyberspace:

Ups and Downs of the Dead Sociologists' Society from the Creator's Perspective

This paper discusses both the good and bad features of using sociological information on the World Wide Web. Data are presented to show the wide range of users of the Dead Sociologists' Society < http://www.runet.edu/~lridener/DSS/DEADSOC.HTML > and the diversity of the potential audience in cyberspace. The use and future potential of technology and the free flow of information exchange as an educational process is discussed. Various problems also related to the use of the WWW are presented from the author's perspective and personal experience. These problems focus of the use of information in regard to certain legal aspects of copyright issues involved in the use of digital libraries, academic freedom, freedom of speech, and the potential of innovative educational technology. The current four main tenets of the Fair Use Guidelines as derived from the U.S. Copyright Act of 1976 are presented as well as some hidden issues which may present future problems and issues regarding the educational use of the Web.