The New York Times Magazine highlighted an article
on its cover entitled “Online U—How Entrepreneurs and
Academic Radicals Are Breaking Down the Walls of the Uni-
versity.” The thrust of the story led one to believe that the
Internet could cause the undermining, if not ultimately the
elimination, of some of the nation’s traditional colleges and
universities, replaced by virtual universities in cyberspace.
Just a few months later, in the February 2000 issue of
Mother Jones magazine, a featured article claimed the
screaming headline, “A Campus of One . . . Who Needs Pro-
fessors When the Online University Is Only a Click Away?”

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