Sunday, September 21, 2008

Sarah Palin, which books do you want to ban, and why?


Revisiting a recent theme, in advance of Banned Books Week, regarding censorship and libraries, if not also politics. Leonard Pitts Jr., a columnist for the Miami Herald, furthers the commentary regarding the gimmickry and gross unpreparedness of Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin, and how she reflects and extends a growing American trend toward shallow, uninformed, anti-intellectualism:
"We are becoming the stupid giant of planet Earth: richer than Midas, mightier than Thor, dumber than rocks. Which makes us a danger to the planet — and to ourselves. This country cannot continue to prosper and to embrace stupidity. The two are fundamentally incompatible."
Vessels of information and ideas that libraries are, and, in turn, the communities they foster, library institutions will exist far longer than myself and Sarah Palin. But let's hope that her stay in our public consciousness is briefer than her desire to be well read and well informed.

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