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Invasion of the Technocrats

A flyer being distributed not too far from here, prior to a library board meeting: “We are coming to take back the library from the outsiders and technocrats. They are a discredit to Berkeley’s radical history–the library should be a place to get get away from the invasion of technology. And the workers are tired of being told what to do but never listened to for their good idea. This has gone on long enough and now our voice will be heard.”

I’ve been in this library, and the lines for computers are always pretty long. So exactly who would be served if the library were no longer “invaded” by technology–and I wonder what an “outsider” is, in this context? Plus, gee, I thought the Internet was a radical, democratizing invention.

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