RE: TV Turn-Off

Francis.Poole@mvs.udel.edu
Wed, 27 Jan 1999 14:06:32 -0800 (PST)

Francis Poole, Associate Librarian
University of Delaware Library

It amazes me that the President of ALA would support the indiscriminate
boycotting of the world's most powerful communications medium. Librarians, of
all people, should support freeaccess to information in all its forms, whether
that be for entertainment,education or enrichment. Instead we are asked to
slip back into the tiresome and fruitless attitude of those who claim one
medium to be superior to another instead of considering video and print as
complementary. ALA was suckered into a transparently absurd proposal which
should have been decried rather than given tacit approval.

What next...an Internet-Free week? A Comic book-Free week?

As a parent who tries to monitor what my children watch, I know there are a
multitude of worthwhile programs available on cable. The Discovery Channel,
A&E, Learning Channel, History Channel, C-Span, SCOLA, etc...

The ALA President should review the role of all Librarians in providing access
to information in whatever form instead of engaging in dumb PR stunts that are
divisive and ultimately frivolous.

How about addressing the Y2K problem or the coming fusion of digital
technology(video/computers).

Hey, I'm going to watch the Comedy Channel tonight. Screw ALA.