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The Echo Chamber Revisited

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.

LISTen: An LISNews.org Program -- Episode #158

Who Needs Literacy? Only Federal Program Funding School Libraries Eliminated

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“The Department has withdrawn funding for numerous successful literacy programs in order to launch new initiatives to bolster science, technology, engineering, and math education.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.”

LISTen: An LISNews.org Program -- Episode #153

(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. Related links: 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

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BILL CLINTON IS A XXXXXXXXXXXXX -- Midwest Conservative Journal
Coyle's InFormation: Dystopias
"Really, if we don't do this, the future of libraries and research will be decided by Google. There, I said it."
Voices for the Library» Blog Archive » Are volunteers happy to run libraries?
Senate bill gives feds power to order piracy site blacklisting
Rutgers team proposes Net alternative
Rutgers team proposes Net alternative
Spammer-in chief? | Gene Healy | Beltway Confidential | Washington Examiner
New graphics engine imperils users of Firefox and Chrome
CILIP | Clear messages
New resources to demonstrate value of further education libraries
The Business Rusch: Writing Like It’s 1999 | Kristine Kathryn Rusch
The Business Rusch: Advocates, Addendums, and Sneaks, oh my! | Kristine Kathryn Rusch
How Robber Barons hijacked the "Victorian Internet"

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What Gingrich reveals in his many book reviews

What Gingrich reveals in his many book reviews
Along with college professor and bestselling author, the former Republican Speaker of the House added presidential candidate to his resume today. But if Gingrich wished, he might also include his ranking as an Amazon.com “top reviewer.” Indeed, he hit his peak in 2004 rising into the top 500 of the site’s reviewers, based on how often readers found his reviews helpful. Since then his ranking has slipped, and he hasn’t posted a review since 2008.

Obama aide: Bin Laden raid yielded 'a library' of terrorist info

Via USAToday: President Obama's national security adviser said today that analysts are poring over an "extraordinary" trove of terrorism intelligence gathered during last week's raid on Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan. "It turns out that this is the largest cache of information gotten from a senior terrorist ever gotten from any terrorist in one operation," adviser Tom Donilon said on CNN's State of the Union. "It is about the size of a small college library."
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