My contribution to the American Library Association’s Washington Office blog

August 9, 2011

Check out the ALA District Dispatch! Libraries can help users who want to connect — and those who want to disconnect Please contribute thoughts there if you have any. I’d love to hear your opinions, whether you agree or not! Share

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Sonic the Hedgehog vs. Dostoevsky?

July 18, 2011

I just finished reading a fantastic article: Christine Rosen’s People of the Screen, published in The New Atlantis (“A Journal of Technology and Society”) in 2008. There’s lots I could say about it, but I’m going to focus on the argument that Rosen refutes about video games. Jay Parini, a writer who teaches English at [...]

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Contemplation space and paper books

June 29, 2011

I just wanted to share an observation: I spent the past two hours in the ALA’s library room, with my printed articles and highlighers and Sherry Turkle’s Alone Together. (I highlighted pretty much the entire chapter on our “tethered self.”) While I read the articles and book, my brain was churning in a way that [...]

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Go take a walk

June 21, 2011

I spent the past few hours collecting all the information I could find about information glut, including reviews of William Power’s Hamlet’s BlackBerry (which I highly recommend) and branching out from there. My conclusion: there is too much information about too much information. I got overwhelmed and couldn’t take it in anymore. So you know [...]

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Researching Contemplation

June 14, 2011

I’m blogging to you today from the American Library Association Office of Information Technology Policy in Washington, DC, where I have been finding, downloading, and reading articles related to the issue of “contemplation,” or space to think away from connections and distractions, why we should promote it (the easy question) and how to do so [...]

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