Anonymous Patron sends "us this intriguing treatise titled Barbarians at the Gates of the Public Library:
How Postmodern Consumer Capitalism Threatens Democracy, Civil Education and the Public Good
" by Ed D'Angelo. Here's a sliver from section 1, "The Crisis of Democracy" to give you an idea of D'Angelo's thesis:
The public library may be like the proverbial canary in the mine -- the first to go when the air is poisoned. It is uniquely positioned to feel the effects of a declining democratic civilization; and it is the first to go when knowledge gets reduced to information and entertainment.
comment from RH:
There's no info about the author on the site, and the link to the bibliography is dead, but there are 12 lengthy sections to read through. I've not had a chance to read it, but am intrigued. I expect book reports from you all!