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Gorman on Bloggers

Do read this essay by ALA President Michael Gorman, in which we learn that the library blogging community is uneducated, fanatical, and obtuse. “[The] Blog People (or their subclass who are interested in computers and the glorification of information) have a fanatical belief in the transforming power of digitization and a consequent horror of, and contempt for, heretics who do not share that belief. …”

“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. …”

Nice. Really nice. Good use of the ALA presidential bully pulpit: excoriating ad hominem attacks wrapped in academic overspeak. No citations, of course. (Who actually called him an idiot?)

(Thanks, Anna, for the heads-up. “Eclectic Librarian” also points out that discussion about Gorman’s Google Print editorial didn’t get as much press in the biblioblogosphere as Gorman suggests. He’s probably thinking about December’s Web4Lib traffic. I only wrote about Gorman’s editorial this past weekend; on December 15, btw, I reposted a thoughtful critique of Google Print by another ALA Councilor.)

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