Joshua Davis Posted almost 4 years ago Is the internet, not formal education, the new great equalizer? The uniqe thing about the internet is that it allows for publishing, republishing and distribution of materials that were previously not easily accessable. Materials whose copyright and protection made distribution by means other than the internet time consuming or impractical. Now at relatively little cost to the person distributing these materials and almost no cost to the person downloading these materials you can educate yourself. Case in point is Cisco's student guides. They provide the answers to their tests. You can't obtain a student guide without taking a class with a Cisco learning partner. These classes are expensive. So people scan the book and distribute it on the internet. You can read the book and pass the class without paying a Cisco learning partner thousands of dollars once you have access to these materials. The distributor has effectively become a point of publication and the internet allows this to be done efficiently, cost effectively, with little time and energy required by the uploader or downloader and with little risk of prosecution for copyright violations. Anonmous republication of materials that normally would cost a great deal of money. This is the power of the internet.