Re: RE: TV Turn-Off

leonard zapala (lancia@acmenet.net)
Fri, 29 Jan 1999 05:40:02 -0800 (PST)

Videolibers:
As ALA staff I am rather constrained in expression of opinion.
As a personal ALA and VRT member, I am heartened by your fervent
responses and proud of you all.

<<< "M. Dew" <mdew@post.cis.smu.edu> 1/27 4:29p >>>
WOO HOO!
(that's Texan for "you go girl!")
-m. dew
SMU-CMIT
Dallas

> 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.
>
>

Why doesn't ALA deal with the "corporate welfare" issue of HDTV which makes all our equipment and video collections useless in just a few years. Talk about a budget buster!

Lenny Zapala