Re:Video discrimination

Mary Gontarek --- Owatonna Public Library (
Thu, 21 Jan 1999 18:38:26 -0600

You go girl! I myself am a child of television. Grew up in a small town and my
father, a major gadget lover, probably bought the first T.V. sold in the state!
When I decided to specialize in media, then quaintly referred to as A.V., in
library school, I was constantly singled out as the illiterate maverick in
most of my classes. No matter how I argued that the enjoyment of reading and
enjoying a great film were not mutually exclusive, I didn't make much headway.
Over the years, the phenomenal growth of media in public libraries has given
me no end of satisfaction! I realize one can argue that television hardly
falls into the "great film" category and that the tripe far outweighs the
treasure. But I ask you, how could you be among us and not be able to talk about"The Honeymooners", "I Love Lucy", "The Mary Tyler Moore Show", "Mash", "The
Sid Ceasar Show", "Seinfeld", "Hill Street Blues". You might have several
college degrees yet be unable to hold up your end of the conversation. Oh, you
could probably converse on your subject but still be boring as hell! In the
great words of Chuckles the Clown "A little song, a little dance, a little
seltzer down your pants!"
Media Librarian
Owatonna Public Library
Owatonna, MN