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May 14, 2004

LISNews: Send Money, Not Flak

LISNews needs money; Blake needs to upgrade the servers. A worthy cause.

Meanwhile, LISNews was critiqued in Library Juice, a newsletter I stopped reading the week Rory Litwin took a friendly comment I made at a party, twisted it, and then wrote an obnoxious post about it. He later apologized, but that officially put Library Juice on my "what's the point" list.

The gist of Rory's point is that the comments on LISNews are largely conservative. I wouldn't know; I don't read the comments on LISNews (and if people commented on articles in other news sources, I wouldn't read those, either). I just read the news itself, and it's often pretty good. It helps fill a gap between the traditional big-library stuff on LJ and ALA and the bellybutton lint on most library blogs. It's not really "news," in any journalistic sense (any more than a librarian blogger is a "journalist"), but quite often you can read it first on LISNews, and they find fun stuff.

Posted by kgs at May 14, 2004 12:17 PM

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I agree, but I felt it was important to let the LISnews community know about his comments.

Posted by: Anna at May 14, 2004 01:27 PM

I agree with your decision to post that information.

Posted by: K.G. Schneider at May 14, 2004 01:40 PM

Rory's objection is more at (I quote below Anna's LISNews post):

"Blake Carver's decision in February to encourage more conservative contributors to LISNews."

It's basically about whether the conservative comment crew are a bug or a feature.

Remembering what happened to the ALAOIF (Intellectual Freedom) mailing list, I'm not at all sure Blake's action was a good thing.

I know, it's that old "tolerating intolerance" paradox. But empirically, I've seen much more go wrong than go right in those sort of efforts.

Posted by: Seth Finkelstein at May 16, 2004 06:57 PM