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The Mess: Social Media, Privacy and Information Freedom

Last night, I was enjoying the new episode of South Park, which lampooned the chaotic, who's-in-charge-here feeling of the current economic crisis. The episode made light of the idea that this crisis grew out of a system that become so complex and so poorly managed that no one really understands it...

Obama, Libraries and Technology

In his first two days in office, President Obama has definitely given a lot of us the impression that he intends to be President 2.0. Obama's campaign famously used online social networking to tremendous effect, he has since been giving weekly addresses via YouTube and now the new White House Web Page includes a blog. Now that the President has taken office and new policies are being enacted,...

Thoughtful Advocates: An ALA TechSource Interview with ILA's Robert Doyle

"If people were better informed about social networking sites and knew and used basic Internet safety tips, the cloud of fear may decline."—Robert Doyle, Executive Director of the Illinois Library Association Last July, I wrote a post about some folks that were trying to scare libraries into dropping their Flickr presence and ban access because they likened Flickr to an amateur porn site. I...

It's Too Darn Hot: A Curmudgeon's Asides

This week it's hot as a pistol across the United States, and as I sit in my office without A/C, a feeble fan drying the sweat on my face, I'm grumpy. Grumpy enough to line up a few peeves against the wall and slap them around.Open-source softwareYes, I know, open source is a saint and you'd let your sister or brother marry it. But I hate the idea that for some librarians if a particular software...