Dean's Notes: BLOG: see also Bathetically Ludicrous Online Gibberish

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Indiana University SLIS Dean and Rudy Professor of Information Science Blaise Cronin has written a short Piece reprinted from SLIS Network spring 2005.

"One wonders for whom these hapless souls blog. Why do they chose to they expose their unremarkable opinions, sententious drivel and unedifying private lives to the potential gaze of total strangers? What prompts this particular kind of digital exhibitionism? The present generation of bloggers seems to imagine that such crassly egotistical behavior is socially acceptable and that time-honored editorial and filtering functions have no place in cyberspace. Undoubtedly, these are the same individuals who believe that the free-for-all, communitarian approach of Wikipedia is the way forward. Librarians, of course, know better."

Thanks to TTW for the link.

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Undoubtedly, these are the same individuals who believe that the free-for-all, communitarian approach of Wikipedia is the way forward. Librarians, of course, know better.
I am a librarian and I am backing Wikipedia. I thought being a librarian was all about being communitarian?

" I thought being a librarian was all about being communitarian?"Exactlt, you thought before you wrote, there's the difference.

Regardless of their value as a useful information source, blogs are the kind of thing that social scientists, anthropologists and (if they had some sort of permanancy) even archelogists would kill for.

Both Cronin and Gorman made some valid points, but all the pomposity and elitist sniping made them much less accessible, let alone palatable.

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