It's good to see people getting upset by important issues...
President Obama: Why don't you read more women?
"Now the fact that the president of the United States apparently doesn't read women writers is not the greatest crisis facing the arts, much less the nation -- but it's upsetting nevertheless. As I suspect Obama would agree, matters of prejudice are never entirely minor, even when their manifestations may seem relatively benign."
The Daily Beast isn't upset (WHERE IS THE OUTRAGE) but they do have a nice little quote: "If the president of the United States manages time for fiction, why can’t we?"
Contrary to normal practice, a text copy of this episode's essay is presented below the “Read More” fold. A PDF file will also follow in the podcast feed.
10:10 minutes (5.83 MB)
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Is closing a library comparable to child abuse? At least one Brit thinks so.
Campaigners are seeking a ruling that decisions to close six libraries in the London (UK) borough of Brent are legally flawed.
The Brent case is expected to be followed in the near future by similar challenges to library cuts proposed by Gloucestershire and Somerset county councils, and on the Isle of Wight.
Nick Cave, Depeche Mode, the Pet Shop Boys and Goldfrapp are among those who have contributed to campaign legal costs.
Playwright Alan Bennett launched a scathing attack when he spoke at a church benefit to raise legal funds to save Kensal Rise library, one of the six under threat in Brent. He compared the loss to ''child abuse''.
Brent campaign lawyers yesterday applied for judicial review, arguing council officers unlawfully failed to assess local needs and the likely impact of closing half the borough's libraries.
From the Telegraph UK.
As noted above in a notice posted to Identica, LISTen: An LISNews.org Program is going to be taking a couple weeks off. There are some matters of local government politics that the air staff will be tending to. There is a ballot access deadline coming up and we want to do what we can to help a particular local matter onto the ballot before then.
Barring unforeseen consequences, LISTen: An LISNews.org Program will return to air on 8 August 2011.
2011 Summer Hiatus by Stephen Michael Kellat is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
In 2004, we spoke with law professor Cass Sunstein about the echo chamber effect, the phenomenon by which the explosion of information streams allows us to cherry-pick our media diet so we encounter only news that reinforces our worldview (while evading facts and opinions that contradict it). And so, seven years later are we on a path to ever more intellectual isolation? Eli Pariser, Lee Rainie, Clay Shirky, Joseph Turow and Ethan Zuckerman weigh in.
If you do not want to listen to the piece you can read the transcript.
This week's somewhat late episode talks about Internet security and contains a draft resolution that somebody could propose at ALA Annual.
Anonymous and LulzSec team up for Operation Anti-Security
InSecurity Complex: LulzSec, Anonymous announce hacking campaign
Ars Technica: LulzSec manifesto: "We screw each other over for a jolt of satisfaction"
ALA Office of Intellectual Freedom
Channel 4 News: UK teacher suicide rate rises by 80 per cent
Wizbang: Mesh Internet To Defeat Government Repression
Public Diplomacy Council: Reciprocity and radio: The winners are ...
eWeek: U.S. Funds Projects to Bypass Internet Censorship, Government Control
New York Times: U.S. Underwrites Internet Detour Around Censors
Reuters: Secret U.S. effort aims to help dissidents: report
Coyle's InFormation: Opportunity knocks
PDF file of Organization of American Historians guidelines for adjunct faculty
Foreign Policy: Shadow Internet command center revealed (Photo)
The Software Freedom Conservancy
10:17 minutes (7.07 MB)
Excluding United States Government content incorporated herein, LISTen: An LISNews.org Program -- Episode #158 by The Air Staff of Erie Looking Productions is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. -- Read More
Group protests 'Bloombergville' Budget Cuts. The NYPD has forced the group of protestors to move a few times but they've held their signs (including "We will not be shushed!") high at various spots near City Hall since Tuesday night. and
Thousands of city workers rallied outside City Hall on Tuesday, the 14th following a march across the Brooklyn Bridge to protest Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposed budget cuts to teachers, childcare, parks and library workers. -- Read More
The image is entitled "“The Library: Roaring Into the Future” by Eric Drooker and it depicts the two famous lions, Patience and Fortitude, protecting the entry to the Main Building of the New York Public Library (the Stephen A. Schwartzman building) currently celebrating its hundredth birthday.
Beautiful, but gloomy. Is this what the future holds for public libraries, all libraries?
More from the New Yorker (there is no accompanying article.)
WASHINGTON, D.C.– The Improving Literacy Through School Libraries program was zeroed out under the Department of Education’s allocation for FY2011 funding (PDF), released today.
Improving Literacy Through School Libraries is the only federal program solely for our nation’s school libraries. This program supports local education agencies in improving reading achievement by providing students with increased access to up-to-date school library materials; well-equipped, technologically advanced school libraries; and professionally certified school librarians.
“This decision shows that school libraries have been abandoned by President Obama and the Department of Education,” Emily Sheketoff, executive director of the American Library Association (ALA) Washington Office, said.
“The Department has withdrawn funding for numerous successful literacy programs in order to launch new initiatives to bolster science, technology, engineering, and math education. Apparently, what the Department of Education fails to realize is that the literacy and research skills students develop through an effective school library program are the very building blocks of STEM education. Withdrawing support from this crucial area of education is an astounding misstep by an Administration that purports to be a champion of education reform.” -- Read More
(Posted early by direction of The Producer)
This week's episode features an interview with Patrick Frey of Patterico's Pontifications about the recent Blogger disruption and an unseemly incident that arose from it. An essay and a news miscellany are also featured.
Ed Bott: Blogger outage makes case against cloud-only strategy
Instapundit on the outage at the Ann Althouse blog
Patterico: On nitecruzr and the memory hole
Patterico: The full support thread saved from expurgation
Google's copy of the support thread with expurgations
bin Laden and mechanical backhaul for e-mail
The Register on the bin Laden e-mail cache
Wizzy Digital Courier, a lab set-up solution that can use mechanical backhaul
Evan Prodromou highlighting the launch of Open Font Library and Open Clip Art Library 3.0
Dave Winer on super-injunctions
GigaOm on super-injunctions
Dave Winer on Web 2.0 Expiration Date
National Review Online's Media Blog on New York Times online traffic
Library of Congress press office announcing awards in federal librarianship
CBC News: Kutcher to join Two and a Half Mean
19:36 minutes (8.98 MB)
Excluding United States Government content incorporated herein, LISTen: An LISNews.org Program -- Episode #153 by The Air Staff of Erie Looking Productions is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. -- Read More