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The Internet - Actions can have lasting consequences

In May 1978, Gary Thuerk took a simple action. Many people were angry with him for it. His act has been amplified through the succeeding decades, with increasingly negative consequences. In 1812, Governor of Massachusetts, Elbridge Gerry also made a choice that has had negative consequences. Politicians regularly repeat Governor Gerry's act. It has been demeaningly named after him.

Look into the actions of Elbridge Gerry and Gary Thuerk.

Who are these people and what historic action did each of them take?

How are they similar? How are they not alike?

Are their actions equally negative or is one worse than the other? Explain



Extend your thinking:

What is the Web for? Read Chapter One. Write your own answer.


Transparency Essay


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Look into this powerful idea: You would not leave a faucet running constantly in case you want to wash your hands.
Consider the costs of leaving a computer on all the time. The cost of electricity

How Much Juice Is Your Computer Using at Night? | Greening your computer usage

“PCs are not hurt by turning them on and off a few times a day,” said Jonathan Koomey, a project scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. “Economic obsolescence is much more dangerous to PCs than turning them on and off.”

What do you conclude should be done? Leave it on / turn it off

Estimate the number of computers your school has. How much would your school save on electricity by turning them all off?

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bullet Elbridge's Reasons for not signing the Federal Constitution

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bullet Are Voting Rights Preserved by your state’s voting districts?

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