In the U.S., an undergraduate education used to be an option, one way to get into the middle class. Now it's a hostage situation, required to avoid falling out of it. And if some of the hostages having trouble coming up with the ransom conclude that our current system is a completely terrible idea, then learning will come unbundled from the pursuit of a degree just as as songs came unbundled from CDs.Shirky compares Udacity to Napster, which first let people download individual songs rather than having to buy a whole album. It's best not to compare it with Apple's (AAPL - Get Report) iTunes because, frankly, we can't be certain if this will be the MOOC that succeeds.
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