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After wanting an iPad for every U.S. schoolchild, Jackson now says the iPad is killing jobs for Americans

Just last month, Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) created a proposal that would provide an iPad for every student across the United States in an effort to guarantee all Americans the equal right to an education. Now, Jackson is quickly turning against the iPad, saying it is killing jobs. 

In the beginning of March, Jackson proposed the idea to amend the Constitution so that every American has a chance to obtain an equal education, and under this amendment, he suggested that the federal government provides an iPad, Kindle, or Nook for every child in school in the U.S.

Jackson even praised the iPad and devices like it on the House floor. He noted that the iPad and other similar gadgets are "products of the First Amendment," and that they maintain the rights of the First Amendment. 

"Let me be clear about a few things," said Jackson. "These devices are revolutionizing our country - and they will fundamentally alter how we will educate our children. Yes, there will be a cost, but if we can find the money for the wars, if we can find the money to bail out Wall Street, certainly we can find the money to educate our kids at an equally high-quality level."

Now, only one month later, Jackson is changing his tune entirely. On the House floor this past Friday afternoon, Jackson threw the iPad under the bus and opted for a more negative viewpoint on the device's influence. 

"A few short weeks ago, I came to the House floor after having purchased an iPad and said that I happened to believe, Mr. Speaker, that at some point in time this new device, which is now probably responsible for eliminating thousands of American jobs," said Jackson. "Now Borders is closing stores because, why do you need to go to Borders anymore? Why do you need to go to Barnes & Noble? Buy an iPad and download your newspaper, download your book, download your magazine." 

Jackson went on to express concern for publishers, libraries and paper companies that are being affected by the iPad. According to Jackson, Chicago State University is introducing iPads to freshmen in an effort to achieve a "textbookless" campus in a four-year period, which will also hurt publishing industries. 

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Boo hoo
By spread on 4/18/2011 6:51:39 PM , Rating: 5
Cry me a river publishing industries. You've had a good run with your yearly revised $300 textbooks where you just changed the order of chapters.

RE: Boo hoo
By Rinaun on 4/18/2011 6:53:37 PM , Rating: 4
Fvcking AMEN.

RE: Boo hoo
By someguy123 on 4/18/2011 7:43:57 PM , Rating: 3

What's really hurting people's ability to find jobs? Frivolous jobs sucking up all available dollars. I bet the "overseer of strategic strategy and corporate jargon" at borders made a pretty penny after closing down a few stores and firing a few hundred people.

RE: Boo hoo
By Reclaimer77 on 4/18/2011 9:58:48 PM , Rating: 2
I REALLY hate to sound like I'm defending Apple. But based on his argument, shouldn't he be attacking eBook readers? Aren't those more of a direct "threat" to analog publishing than the iPad?

Those are far superior in my opinion for reading than the iPad's glare stricken eye straining glass LCD.

RE: Boo hoo
By bah12 on 4/19/2011 9:33:14 AM , Rating: 2
Those are far superior in my opinion for reading than the iPad's glare stricken eye straining glass LCD.
Woah there buddy don't defend apple to much /sarcasm

RE: Boo hoo
By iluvdeal on 4/18/2011 11:01:32 PM , Rating: 5
These publishing companies rape colleges every year with their insanely high prices and worthless yearly revisions. It's such a scam. I expect them to continue try to charge inflated prices for the ebook version, which will of course only drive more students to "borrow" their friend's copy. The day of reckoning is coming, after all those years of ripping off college students, these textbook companies will get what's coming to them.

RE: Boo hoo
By aharris02 on 4/19/2011 8:48:20 AM , Rating: 4

The music/movie publishing industries could stand to learn a thing or two here.

RE: Boo hoo
By spread on 4/19/2011 11:24:15 AM , Rating: 3
But they won't.

RE: Boo hoo
By Raiders12 on 4/19/2011 9:54:48 AM , Rating: 4
Ive had to "upgrade" editions over the course of winter break, simply because for the 2nd part of the course, the 2011 book was required. These guys can rot in hell.

RE: Boo hoo
By Dr of crap on 4/19/2011 10:50:10 AM , Rating: 5
Yea, but what about the colleges? They are at fault as well.

They could use the same book for a few years saving the students some money by there being more used books, and then the higher by back program.

RE: Boo hoo
By kattanna on 4/19/2011 11:25:57 AM , Rating: 3
yep! some subjects simply dont change all that much. like math

why the hell do i need a 2010 edition of a math book? it hasnt changed in decades to hundreds of years.

i have had though one math teacher who provided used copies of an old algebra text book, because as he stated "it hasnt changed since before i was born" LOL

RE: Boo hoo
By BioHazardous on 4/19/2011 9:59:35 AM , Rating: 2
I don't foresee textbooks costing any less because of e-readers. Perhaps I'm wrong having been out of college for several years and not too up to date on the latest textbook scams.

I do however have a friend in college where they switched to e-books being required and part of tuition at a flat rate per book regardless of what it was. It seems that colleges are still able to make as much or probably more from e-readers and digital books than they ever could from hard copies.

If I had to take a guess I'd say it was the fact that a lot of students got wise and just started saving a ton by buying their books online and used. Cutting the school out of the picture all together makes the schools unhappy. So the schools mandate you subscribe to their new e-books at a flat fee of something like $90 a book when you can sometimes get the books for around $10 online hard copy. Then on top of that you only get rights to view the e-book for one year or something equally worthless and obnoxious. It's more absurd than the digial music industry that we so often berate.

RE: Boo hoo
By MrBlastman on 4/19/2011 4:06:51 PM , Rating: 2
I don't foresee textbooks costing any less because of e-readers. Perhaps I'm wrong having been out of college for several years and not too up to date on the latest textbook scams.

I bet this will be the case. The book companies will find a way to wrap their books in DRM and slave them to a single device at a time.

There will be NO more lending your book to other students, because if you do, you'll have to lend them your whole device (laptop/netbook/tablet etc.).

There will be NO more used books as the DRM will prevent this. They will argue you paid for a single right to the content and it can not be re-sold or re-distributed.

Going from a paper form to digital form for College books can only be worse for the college student and better for the book company. I'm sure they've been salivating over a way to make this move for years. Best of all, they'll have their costs cut quite a bit over distribution and printing no longer being an issue so they'll have higher profit margins and... keep prices the same.

I'm even willing to bet they'll start requiring payment of incremental content and updates. Say you buy a book and mid-term, there's an update to the content. Oh, wait! If you don't pay them money, you can't have it. It will be a form of DLC (downloadable content--what a joke), or they'll have DLC that is optional. Even worse, they'll provide a manifest to both the professor and the registrar and if they see you don't have the most up-to-date content, they can withhold your grades.

Oh, believe me, going electronic for college books is far from a good thing for the student.

RE: Boo hoo
By BioHazardous on 4/19/2011 4:44:00 PM , Rating: 2
I remembered another restriction they have on the e-book for the college my friend is at. They can only print certain chapters or text at certain times. They can't simply print out whatever they want whenever they want. I'm not sure how that's restricted, but apparently it is. I find the whole system to be a bit extreme and if I was in college I would definitely protest it.

Is the man Stupid?
By MechanicalTechie on 4/18/2011 7:18:58 PM , Rating: 5
Seriously??.. an iPoo to augment education.. what part of insantity island does this man come from??

Hard work, dedication and respect for academic literacy is the only way to raise the national IQ

America's obsession with celebrities a contributing factor why a vast majority think they can sing/act their way to is so undervalued. Wake up China is fast approaching!!

RE: Is the man Stupid?
By The Raven on 4/18/2011 11:11:18 PM , Rating: 5
what part of insantity island does this man come from??
Crazy Cove...where his father serves as viceroy.

The 'apple' doesn't fall far from the tree as far as stupidity goes here.

RE: Is the man Stupid?
By MechanicalTechie on 4/18/2011 11:21:16 PM , Rating: 2
hehe nice :)

RE: Is the man Stupid?
By marvdmartian on 4/19/2011 9:11:14 AM , Rating: 2
Only, I believe, in this case, the NUT didn't fall far from the tree (though I understand why you used Apple LOL).

RE: Is the man Stupid?
By theapparition on 4/19/2011 12:44:09 PM , Rating: 2
There are crazy ranting fools everywhere. Hard to throw a rock now and not hit someone who's completely nutty.

However...........this nut was elected . That means people decided it was a good idea to put him in a position of power.

That's all you need to know why not all people should vote.

RE: Is the man Stupid?
By 91TTZ on 4/19/2011 11:39:43 AM , Rating: 2
Hard work, dedication and respect for academic literacy is the only way to raise the national IQ

Hard work and dedication don't change your IQ. It's mostly inherited. In fact, a slacker deadbeat child from parents with a high IQ will be more likely to have a high IQ himself than someone who works hard but had parents with a low IQ. It's mostly an inherited trait.

RE: Is the man Stupid?
By MechanicalTechie on 4/19/2011 7:31:36 PM , Rating: 2
I'm sure there some truth to that, but all of us had some ancestor that was a complete meathead, but we pushed ourselves to be better. Coming from a low IQ background is a disadvantage, but its not an excuse to be accept it and continue to be backwards.

Apple is killing Jobs?
By lightfoot on 4/18/2011 6:48:49 PM , Rating: 5
I thought cancer was killing Jobs. Who knew?

RE: Apple is killing Jobs?
By AnnihilatorX on 4/18/2011 7:51:20 PM , Rating: 4
Cause an apple a day had been keeping the docs away?

By StraightCashHomey on 4/18/2011 8:48:47 PM , Rating: 2

What's next...
By DNAgent on 4/18/2011 8:26:21 PM , Rating: 5
Is he going to take the floor and slam e-mail for causing the downfall of the USPS?

I personally feel we should bring back the Pony Express. We'd get job creation AND machismo!

RE: What's next...
By StraightCashHomey on 4/18/2011 8:54:04 PM , Rating: 3
Adapt to the times or die. Survival of the fittest. Newspapers should go entirely online if their business model is failing. Textbook manufacturers can lick the tip of my dick for all the price gouging they've done to me over the course of my education. $200 for a frickin book and then it's worth $10 or fewer when I go to sell it back? Kiss my ass. They've only accelerated their demise with their greed.

RE: What's next...
By 91TTZ on 4/19/2011 11:41:20 AM , Rating: 1
Textbook manufacturers can lick the tip of my dick for all the price gouging they've done to me over the course of my education.


By Murloc on 4/19/2011 6:15:53 AM , Rating: 2
>BLAH BLAH ipad future good educate children

publishing industry: here's your monthly paycheck, sorry if we were late

>BLAH BLAH killing jobs
the car killed the chariot builders jobs. What about that huh?

RE: lol
By Rage187 on 4/19/2011 8:08:41 AM , Rating: 4
thats likely what happened. The Jacksons tend to forget which pockets they have their hands in.

I guess the Publisher Lobby got to Rep Jackson
By Denigrate on 4/19/2011 8:50:24 AM , Rating: 2
Check his bank accounts. I'd guess he got a LARGE contribution recently from some publishers and book stores.

By rcc on 4/19/2011 1:36:41 PM , Rating: 4
Or, Apple turned down his demand for freebees for his staff

By starcaptor on 4/18/2011 7:34:07 PM , Rating: 2
Am I the only one who read the head line that Apple is killing Jobs, as, it was physically shortening the life of Steve Jobs?

RE: ?
By bodar on 4/18/2011 8:41:30 PM , Rating: 2
Must be the psychic strain of the Reality Distortion Field. Eventually his head will just explode, like in Scanners.

Not another one
By Divide Overflow on 4/18/2011 10:42:56 PM , Rating: 2
Another Jackson with an opinion that nobody cares about shoving it in everyone's face. Can we ship this one off to someplace that cares?

RE: Not another one
By rudolphna on 4/19/2011 8:46:33 AM , Rating: 2
To quote, "and not a single fuck was given that day"

"Apple is killing Jobs"
By Dorkyman on 4/18/2011 6:47:59 PM , Rating: 2

Yeah, I guess in a figurative sense, given his work ethic, Apple IS killing Jobs, in a way.

Thats what Nepotism gets you.
By stm1185 on 4/18/2011 8:57:10 PM , Rating: 2
Kooky nuts who one week say the Government should spend millions giving children an electronic device, then the next week says no one should get the electronic device because it makes books obsolete. Aren't Democrats supposed to be progressive, as in supporting progress and not trying to hold society in the dark ages.

His first idea was the right one, but not exactly. What should be done is the Government creates a bidding process for a new tablet computer for school children to replace their text books, paper, and give access to information and create a way for groups of children to work together online. To keep jobs in America it must be done by a US company and involve at least as many employees in the US as abroad.

There would be no need to keep paying outrageous sums to the textbook companies. A group of educators makes the books to Government standards, and distributes them like open source software.

Then each kid gets one tablet that was cost effective for the government through a bidding war, and designed for children. That tablet has all their books on it, and it weighs less then 3 lbs, instead of the 20,30,40+ lb sacks of books kids currently have to drag around. It also lets them find online information, create text documents, chat with their fellow students and collaborate on projects.

It will help level the playing field for poorer students, it will help the health of students, it will make learning easier, it will make having students work together easier, and it can be just cost effective as the current text book system. There is no real downside to this except people wanting to prolong outdated uncompetitive businesses.

Someone is out of touch
By iluvdeal on 4/18/2011 10:53:00 PM , Rating: 2
Complaining that tablets have hurt paper-based book makers is akin to complaining that automobiles have killed off the horse and buggy industry or that word processors killed the type writer industry.

Technological advances render previous technology obsolete, you can't stop it so deal with it Mr. Jackson. Freaking politicians. Some old media publishers got in his ear, made some campaign donation promises so he changed his tune. Apple will play the game and make a donation to him to shut him up. That's how it works in US government.

By augiem on 4/18/2011 11:07:27 PM , Rating: 2
According to Jackson, Chicago State University is introducing iPads to freshmen in an effort to achieve a "textbookless" campus in a four-year period...

Like they couldn't have done this 10+ years ago with laptops that cost far less than an iPad.

I think he still lives under a rock!
By Senju on 4/19/2011 12:15:22 AM , Rating: 2
Is Jackson that Stupied?
Did you know that publishers like O`REILLY have hooked up with online subsciptions like "Safari Books Online"!! It is a subsciption model where you can select from a vast library online to download in PDF file or simply read it using any i-device, smartphone and PC, etc. The business model with publishers are moving to this way (to make money).
This will create new jobs (more web related), it will make our planet more greener (less paper).

By epobirs on 4/19/2011 3:06:03 AM , Rating: 2
This person is a perfect example of the poor thinking embraced by the left. First, we have a new technology trend driven by private enterprise and free markets. Many companies took a shot at the tablet and e-reader formats before any scored a hit. Then competition drove a steady pace of improvement and lower prices.

Given a few years without government meddling, these will become widely available to increasingly lower economic strata. If individual school districts or even states want to make this tool universally available to its students, that is alright. Such decisions and initiatives belong at the local level where there is more direct participation in the decision making process.

Doing it as a federal mandate is idiocy and a gross abuse of this nation's intended structure.

Personally, I'd be dead set against this being done on any level with tax payer funds. Once the technology achieves a sufficiently low cost of entry, it is reasonable to request that those parents who are able provide it for their children and encourage charities to fill the gap for those who are too impoverished to consider such toys. Because that is what they are, toys. Nothing of this sort has ever made any dramatic improvement on education. We spent the last several decades filling our schools with computers but the average high school graduates is substantially less competent to make his way in the world than a graduate of the era when the IBM PC was first introduced.

My state was once considered a national leader in educational standards but now has a dropout rate approaching 50%. This would once have been viewed as a sign of the imminent apocalypse but nowadays we just shrug and go on with our lives.

We've thrown money and toys at the problems for decades but they've only gotten worse. Perhaps it's time to admit that the problems aren't rooted in funding or technology.

Free Software - Free Content.
By greylica on 4/19/2011 7:38:39 AM , Rating: 2
If we will share knowledge with our children, we already have the best models. Free Software could teach a lot of lessons, Richard Stallman is right about our children - share your knowledge !

job killers
By Shadowmaster625 on 4/19/2011 8:39:04 AM , Rating: 2
I cant say that Jackson has killed more jobs than Apple, but I can safely say that his colleagues certainly have killed more jobs than Apple. That doesnt buy apple a pass, of course. If you look at how many jobs apple provides for America, and divide that number by Apple's market capitalization, what you end up with is an inexcusably shockingly small number. It is a failed business model, the exact opposite of Henry Ford's. People only buy their products because they are STUPID.

By Raiders12 on 4/19/2011 9:53:30 AM , Rating: 2
When does the bickering and complaining stop? Every kid does have an equal right to education. Its up to them to do something with it. It takes effort on both parts. If they don't use their textbooks now, why would having an Ipad help? They would play Angry Birds, have Lightsaber battles, or solve Sudoku, wait the latter is educaitonal.

Did Jesse Jackson Jr take contribuations from McGraw Hill? Who cares if they cant keep up, Ive had to literally change editions over the 1st and 2nd part of a class just because they changed the units. Wow, there goes $175 each time.

Only in the God-Blessed US of A can businesses be "ruined" by fair competition.

All Chicago Politicians are Idiots
By Arsynic on 4/19/2011 9:54:24 AM , Rating: 2
Here's more proof as if we needed it...

Taken out of context
By StinkyWhizzleTeeth on 4/20/2011 12:19:28 AM , Rating: 2
Let's go through his train of thought.

Congress not doing anything about jobs -> 13,000,000 million jobless -> iPad invention -> more lost jobs from iPad increasing efficiency -> most of the new jobs the iPad created went to China.

It is not necessary to take his comments on the iPad, and increased efficiency, as a criticism of Apple. It could also be a criticism of his first statement, Congress not doing enough to create jobs to replace the lost ones. So he did not necessarily contradict his earlier view of the iPad. Since none of this is necessarily true, the argument relies entirely on presumption. Therefore the article is at best gossip, possibly worse.

I don't know this guy, and am not a Democrat. Please erase this supposed news article. Or should I, using your skewed logic, presume that you're being paid to post it as an attack ad?

A little research
By Belard on 4/20/2011 9:56:59 AM , Rating: 2
How to look like an idiot... praising a technology, then sayings its bad? Hello, books stores have been losing business WELL before the iPad... wait, these same stores sell electronic versions of BOOKS for a few bucks less.

Fewer and fewer people are willing to buy use books when its electronic.

I have books as well as some on my ipad - that I can read to my kid... which saves weight, space and trees... as well as fuel since (A) I didn't go out to a store (B) a truck didn't deliver the materials and books to various destinations.

Guess we'll have to shut down the internet to save some jobs? Wait, didn't the internet create jobs too?

iPad/tablets/ebook readers are THE FUTURE... hell, they are NOW.

By Argon18 on 4/18/11, Rating: -1
RE: douche
By crazyblackman on 4/18/2011 7:46:32 PM , Rating: 2
How amusing it is to hear you say that, Mr. Gingrich. Don't you have a Hannity interview to do somewhere in Tea Party Land?

Go away now. Off you go. Bye,bye.

RE: douche
By DNAgent on 4/18/2011 8:24:10 PM , Rating: 5
Oh please, this guy isn't "left wing," he's just an idiot. Putting a portable gaming system in the hands of every schoolchild in this country would totally improve scores! Angry Birds scores, anyway... :-P

RE: douche
By MechanicalTechie on 4/18/2011 9:02:04 PM , Rating: 3
How right you are! A nation of Angry bird champions... just have to convience your boss to allow you to play while your flipping burgers at Maccers!

RE: douche
By Raiders12 on 4/19/2011 10:03:28 AM , Rating: 2
Very true. Maybe they will actually solve sudoku, that would at least be mentally stimulating.

I guess it would be beneficial if you just load equation solving software, verbal read-back software, or other apps to take the effort out of school.

At $400 a pop, about 75 million school children...$30 billion. For Ipads. Get this clown out of here!

RE: douche
By Belard on 4/20/11, Rating: 0
"I mean, if you wanna break down someone's door, why don't you start with AT&T, for God sakes? They make your amazing phone unusable as a phone!" -- Jon Stewart on Apple and the iPhone

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