February 25, 2005
ALA's Gorman Trashes Blogs, Bloggers & Blog Readers
Excerpts of Gorman's rant about blogs, bloggers and blog readers:
"A blog is a species of interactive electronic diary by means of which the unpublishable, untrammeled by editors or the rules of grammar, can communicate their thoughts via the web. (Though it sounds like something you would find stuck in a drain, the ugly neologism blog is a contraction of "web log.") Until recently, I had not spent much time thinking about blogs or Blog People.
It is obvious that the Blog People read what they want to read rather than what is in front of them and judge me to be wrong on the basis of what they think rather than what I actually wrote. 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. In that case, their rejection of my view is quite understandable."
Ah, Michael, got any idea how many professional librarians, including ALA members, blog. Can Gorman be censured by ALA?
See also CowboyNeal's post on Slashdot and the hundreds of comments to that post.
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