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Turner writes "Jay Currie writes an auricle titled â€œPhoenix Risingâ€?....-a dose of reality for the â€œnuttyâ€? Mayor of Phoenixâ€œWith Congress and the federal judiciary at a standstill over how best to protect children from Internet pornography at public libraries, the city of Phoenix, Ariz., has jumped out front on the issue. The city's new ban on web smut is also already the target of a challenge by civil libertariansâ€?....http://www.libraryfilter.blogspot.com/"
Fang-Face writes "Nat Hentoff, a champion for Cuban independent librarians in the U.S., had a commentary posted on The Washington Times Web site on 13 Sep, and which was reprinted at the First Amendment Center. In it, he defends Fox "News" and criticizes various movements against the channel as being free press violations. An interesting piece of work for any real student of civil liberties."
Anonymous Patron writes "Here's A Slashdot Thread that has some Good Comments on a Wired article, This Headline Is Not for Sale. The author, Adam L. Penenberg, writes about the blurring of the lines between advertising and news content.
Nowadays the wall between editorial and marketing must extend to the content itself. Marketers can have the sides, top and bottom of a page to peddle products and services, but the body must remain pure.
Laura Berman writes...
"Add it all up, the credit card records, the retail databases, the explicit data maintained by financial institutions, and you realize that privacy has become largely a state of mind: It hangs by a few keystrokes.
The discomfort is nagging, more hang nail than trauma, but the American Civil Liberties Union makes a powerful case for caring in a report issued this week that neatly ties a few obvious trends together: Technological sophistication, â€œanemicâ€? privacy laws, and heightened profit motive combine to give the government unprecedented snooping powers.
These issues are particularly worrisome in Michigan, though, where international events and a large Arab population have helped make this state a veritable laboratory for experimenting with privacy rights." Read the rest.
Here's an op-ed piece about the difference between what kids are "expected" to read over the summer now and what "suggested" reading was all about in decades past. It used to be all about leisure and enjoyment. Now, the idea is more equated with "work." Children's books are no longer just for fun.
"We seem to have lost sight of what children can actually process, and more important, of their own innate capacities. Instead of our children being free to roam and dream and invent on their own timetable, and to read about children doing such things, we increasingly ask our children to be sober and hard-working at every turn, to take detailed notes on their required texts with Talmudic attention, to endure computer-generated tests. And the texts we require them to pore over have become all too often about guarded, world-weary, overburdened children, who are spending their childhoods trying to cope with the mess their parents left them." Read More.
Fang-Face writes "There is
a Charles Haynes commentary on the recent SOFA report at First Amendment Center. There's isn't really anything new in it, but he does examine some amusing dichotomies. For instance:
Despite this readiness to rein in the press, many Americans still want to know more about what the government is doing. Half of those surveyed, for example, say they have "too little access" to information about the federal governmentâ€™s war on terrorism.
Talk about a disconnect. Without a free press, where would Americans get information about government actions?
Whence such confusion of thought? Perhaps it's contagious?"
An Anonymous Patron writes sent along A Column that presents a a refreshing idea: Choose civility.The author, Steve Blow says he can't get used to is that so many people don't want to offer a conflicting opinion; they want to inflict a wound. Snide, sarcastic, belittling, profane â€“ you name it. The intent is to sting, not discuss.
He says We do have a choice in how we will live. With strength, we can choose civility.
In relation to an earlier story on LISNews, the New York Times (free reg required) has an interesting op-ed piece by Michael Chabon on the college girl who was expelled for writing a particularly violent short story. Chabon discusses the problems with denying young adults the right to express themselves (in writing!) with violent images due to a desire to protect youngsters from these ideas.
This is a personal essay in the Fort Wayne News Sentinel from a woman, who in college, was told "by beer chugging frat boys" that she looked like a "librarian-type," which in her mind was someone who spent the evenings alone, crying to her cat. Once out of college, she vowed to shed her bookish image, via Cosmo, tanning booths and Long Island Iced Teas. But two years out, she has re-embraced Moby Dick (heh heh) and declares, "you can take the girl out of the library, but you can't take the library out of the girl."
I am in New York City today doing a wireless workshop at the Metropolitan Library Council. I have wireless access at my hotel, the Wellinmgton, for $9.95 a day using 802.11b. I went to the JiWire web site last night to check how many hotspots were near my hotel, there are over 100 within one mile. The hotel is in mid-Manhattan not far from Times Square (7th Ave and 55th). I was hoping to stay at the Library Hotel but was not booked there (SMILE).
The library council is in the Village on East 11th between Broadway and University Place. There are a large number of hotspots around here as well such as at many Verizon phone booths. The closest library hotspot listed on JiWire is at Baruch College in the library.
This is Bill Drew reporting from NYC. Bye.