Michael Gorman, president-elect of the American Library Association, has written an interesting piece voicing his support of all things blog, blogger, and blogging.
“Given the quality of the writing in the blogs I have seen, I doubt that many of the Blog People are in the habit of sustained reading of complex texts. It is entirely possible that their intellectual needs are met by an accumulation of random facts and paragraphs”.
I doubt that many of the Blog People are in the habit of sustained reading of complex texts.
Is it just me that finds this patronising? Having the president-elect of the American Library Association saying it just makes it worse. No doubt, Michael would class me as one of those “Blog People (or their subclass who are interested in computers and the glorification of information)” I do think information should be glorified. I think I should do all I can to help people utilise information to create knowledge – both on and offline. Hey, that’s why I became a librarian.
It is a shame to be writing this as Michael does raise some valid points about library funding and concerns about google print, but it is his apparent ‘looking down his nose’ attitude to blogging as some lesser form of communication that sticks in the throat.
Further Update: Michael responds “The piece (LJ, February 15th 2005) was intended to be satirical, though I am certainly no fan of “blogs,” having an old fashioned belief that, if one wishes to air one’s views and be taken seriously, one should go through the publishing/editing process”
Ah being patronising is satire … don’t give up the day job Michael.
I, as a correspondent for Electronic Business Law, ‘do’ “go through the publishing/editing process” on a regular basis. However, that I should have to do that to be taken seriously? Surely if I write something that makes sense and that makes people think or provides information in some way that’s a good thing. There are many people out there with useful things to say, that can’t get published or have no idea how to do so, and the web, and tools such as blogs can give them a means to be heard. If their writing has no merit, people wont read it, if it does people will talk about and discuss those ideas, thereby creating new ones. Now, I know I am only a poor UK Librarian, but we like to encourage that kind of thing over here, not stifle them, and keep a world in which only a few – usually the same – voices are heard.