THE DANGER OF CLICKING “I AGREE”

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CONTRACTS

Remember when signing an agreement used to be a big deal?

You would read it.

And THINK about it.

Maybe pay a lawyer to look at it and scratch out the parts you didn’t like. Argue about the rest?

Try arguing with Sprint about a phone contract. Or with Microsoft about a software license.

The old fashioned contract has morphed into the new fashioned
just-click-this-box-since-you-don’t-have-time-to-read-all-this-drivel-anyway agreement.

Besides. Even if you did have time to read and understand, you couldn’t DO anything about it. So what’s the point?

Is this healthy? Does it make any sense? Would the courts actually enforce these gratuitous “contracts”?

This isn’t  a MISTER ScienceAintSoBad type of issue.

Except it is.

I’m no legal beagle. In fact, I specialize in just one thing. Being  an expert in every single possible aspect of science and technology.

A specialist.

You can see why I can’t add law school to my task list . When would I have time for book signings?

The science/technology angle is obvious here since every new gadget and every software upgrade comes with its own set of incomprehensible documents that we are expected to mindlessly check off before buying or using the product.

Isn’t that silly?

I understand the need to protect  entrepreneurs.

I do.

I even have an agreement (that you’ve never read) at the top of this page. It describes how I get to have your car if you access my blog.

This is getting out of control.

You’re waiting, right? You think I know the answer. Or I’m gonna send you a link.

Fraid not.

I don’t have the answer and I don’t know who does. A plethora of agreements that nobody reads seems to just be a reality of modern life.

I am, however, hoping you have some ideas that’ll help.  Hence, my (very short) questionnaire below.

Please. I’m completely serious. If you, dear reader, can come up with a good solution to the Creeping Agreement Menace, I PROMISE to do everything in my power to pass it to where it’ll do some good.

Your turn:

(I will discuss any responses next time.)


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