Authority Of A New Kind

Over at The Britannica Blog Matthew Battles has a neat post Authority Of A New Kind: “As president of the ALA, Michael Gorman led an organization historically committed to protecting and enhancing the individual citizen’s right to information and freedom of expression. But here he seems to take a stance better suited to the counter-reformation than the age of information. From his strange conflation of blogging with intelligent design, to his atavistic take on authority and individual expression it’s clear that Michael Gorman misunderstands the potential of the Internet so thoroughly that he can’t even be wrong about it. For the Internet is not the end of the responsible making and sharing of knowledge, but a tool in fact a uniquely powerful creation of reasoning human minds that fosters and empowers responsible individual expression.”