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LIS 950: Libraries and community

The purpose of this seminar is to explore an important topic in library and information studies in depth — in all its intertwined historical, cultural, philosophical, and political aspects — through a graduate reading/discussion seminar. The topic varies each time the course is taught; this time around, we will focus on "libraries and community"

Monday, October 31, 2005

I wish that I hadn't

missed class last week. I wish that I could have heard how that last post came out to postmodernism=bad. Not that I disagree. One of the first plays that I worked on was "post modern" (this was how the director and playwright referred to it) and it was in the stock pavilion on campus. Yes, this is where the horses are kept. Certain characters from the Oresteia were involved, everyone was having sex with everyone (brothers sisters whathaveyou) and Hermione was played by a blow up doll, there was fire on stage and the real kicker was that some scenes involved members of the cast rolling around in that horse crap filled hay. Naked, if I remember correctly. So anyway, that's my two bits about post modernism, I think that I may have missed the point at the time. If there was one. It did give me a lot nightmares which the director was delighted to hear about and thought that he must be doing something right.

Sorry for such a long post off the subject, but as long as I'm there I have two book recommendations that are somewhat relevant, one is called Burning City by Ariel Dorfman and is about a personal messenger business that is created in response to e-mail -- to create a personal touch. The other is called So Yesterday by Scott Westerfield and is about cool hunters. While this might seem an out there recommendation, we've talked a few times about trends etc. and the whole philosophy of cool hunting has innovators at its pinnacle -- something that Jom mentioned in a previous post.

On this week's readings, I think that it's interesting thinking about the public sphere as originating with the family as it says in the Buschman entry. This seems sensible, but kind of pulls the idea away from librarianship. Libraries are not homes or families.

I'm also struck by the ability of these authors to condense someone's entire philosophy into two pages. Wow.



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