PATRIOT Act and other library merchandise


bentley writes "In the past month, I've come across three sets of buttons and t-shirts that proclaim the wearer's opposition to the USA PATRIOT Act. (Since I was on the topic of t-shirts, I also included a listing for other librarian t-shirts.)

Another "Hysteric" Librarian for Freedom. Buttons from the American Library Association Office for Intellectual Freedom.

FREADOM. Bumper stickers,t-shirt, and stickers from the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression.

I read, therefore I'm dangerous? / repeal the USA PATRIOT Act. T-shirts, buttons, bumper sticker.

Several library-related t-shirts from the School of Library and Information Studies at Dalhousie University.


Talking Points

Holster your "troll" sabers.

Just havin' a little fun.

First off, I'm not overly reactionary to the Patriot Act, maybe because I'm just not worried enough. But nothing sums up the Orwellian feelings that the Patriot Act conjures up better than Apple did:

Apple's '1984' Commercial
Today, we celebrate the first glorious anniversary of the Information Purification Directives. We have created, for the first time in all history, a garden of pure ideology. Where each worker may bloom secure from the pests of contradictory and confusing truths. Our Unification of Thoughts is more powerful a weapon than any fleet or army on earth. We are one people, with one will, one resolve, one cause. Our enemies shall talk themselves to death and we will bury them with their own confusion. We shall prevail!

It's still the best ad, ever, and it really keeps in mind that we do need to check every attempt to limit our freedoms. I always have a copy of the ad (QT format) on my desktop for days like today.

While I find the link funny, I would have moderated that +1 funny for the troll sabers comment.

Thanks for laughing Mal.We (myself included) can get a little too serious about this stuff.Regards