Re: RE: TV Turn-Off
Fri, 29 Jan 1999 15:04:06 -0800 (PST)

Let me add an interesting note to the "TV Turn-Off" debate: In the press
release just prior to the "TV Turn-Off" blurb is the announcement regarding
ALA's partnership with A&E to promote the "TV" (!) program "Horatio
Hornblower." Does this mean that ALA has a newfound interest in supporting
visual media? Of course not; A&E just forked out big bucks to become a Library
Champion, and money may not change attitudes but it has been known to garner a
bit of press space. Here's the wonderfully ironic part. The A&E series--which
ALA is co-sponsoring--runs 4 Sundays (I believe) in April. "TV Turn-Off Week"--
which ALA is also co-sponsoring--runs in April. The two very likely coincide. I
will be very interested in hearing A&E's reaction to all of this. I don't think
they understand that ALA is kind of like Edward Rochester's crazy wife upstairs
("Jane Eyre"). Things are going along as well as can be expected and--bingo!--
out she comes wielding a knive and acting stark raving bonkers.

Randy Pitman
Video Librarian
8705 Honeycomb Ct. NW
Seabeck, WA 98380
(800) 692-2270

> 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 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.