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I'm considering a new section @LISNews. I'm wondering if anyone might be interested in contributing to a Political Librarian Weblog. I don't think the intelligent-right* gets enough press** and that just ain't right. Those with view points that differ significantly from the usual library line should have a place where these views can be aired, shared, and discussed. I can think of at least 2 LISNewsterz that would be perfect for this, so I'm hoping for at least a yes or no vote from them.
So, if you consider your self right of center, and can be fair, accurate and open***, let me know.
Footnotes and an FAQ below.*From my perspective many of those on the right tend to be less than useful in what they write. That is, I didn't learn anything from what I read. That's not to say the left isn't like that as well, but since it seems like they've already cornered the market, I don't need to worry about them. What I want is someone who can argue against the echo chamber, and make it stick.
**When I say press, I don't mean things that came off a printing press, I mean in the librarian web world, and more specifically librarian blogs.
*** I ask that of ALL LISNews authors. While we, as authors @LISNews, all have our biases, I ask that we do our best to keep things civil, fair and open.
1. Why aren't you asking for people from the left?
I think we already have them. I don't want this to be a left wing echo chamber, I want both sides to be represented, and I want both sides to be smart.
2. How are you defining right & left?
I'm not, I leave that up to you.
3. What's your plan?
A section devoted to political discussion.
4. What's political discussion?
Discussion on laws that may or may not pertain to the LISWorld. Discussion on elections, politicians, constitutions, political parties, etcâ€¦ For the most part stories posted to our index page tend to be related to libraries, and not often very political. This new section would be all about the stuff we all argue about.
5. Have you really thought this through? Doesn't LISNews already do just that?
Yeah, maybe, but I think best when I get ideas from others. This may be a dumb idea, and no one will care to participate, but the idea is to get some feedback to see if there's any interest out there.
So let me know your thoughts on this, either way, is this a good idea?
Comment below, or let me know.