Saturday, October 29, 2005

Internet Library Keynote "Shifting Worlds"

Lee Rainie, founding director of the Pew Internet & American Life Project, gave the keynote at the Internet Librarian 2005 conference.

All of you are here today because you know what I know ... that new tools of communication and information dissemination have profound economic and social consequences. For instance, there is overwhelming evidence that after new technologies enter mainstream culture:

*The role of experts and information gatekeepers is radically altered empowered amateurs and dissidents find new ways to raise their voices and challenge authority.

*Attempts by those in power to censor activity and choke off neew avenues of commerce inevitably bring a wider libertarian backlash. [more]
via Depraved Librarian



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