Leckie and Hopkins
Another thing that these readings made me think about is the evolution of how public space works. Buschman emphasises the public sphere as a place of discourse. Early public spaces were places of primarily oral discourse, but it seems like things have changed as libraries have evolved to reading being primary. The Leckie and Hopkins article shows that reading was the number one thing to do at the libraries studied. There's no back and forth here as there is when the public space is being used for oral exchanges of information. On the other hand, the CI article talks about the social connectedness of digital CI systems. There is a back and forth flow, even if it isn't verbal. It seems like a step in a more vibrant direction, where discourse is active and alive.