Friday, December 16, 2005

Holy Smokes!

What a day. First, the New York Times story that, as Times columnist David Brooks said on Lehrer tonight, is the kind of story that "makes your eyeballs drop out." And then the vote. Enough republicans to ensure that the reauthorization won't fly, not today.

Now what we all want to know is why the Times held the story for so long.

To drag this back to the topic of this profession of ours, I'm becoming more and more convinced that, though librarians need to be activists when it comes to scholarly communication, we have just as important a role in understanding and responding to media of all kinds. The fourth estate is in pretty shabby condition these days, and it's too important to ignore.

PS: Russ Feingold is my hero.

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