Some librarians are always clamoring on about how they want "diversity" and "alternative voices." I don't believe it at all. What these librarians want is obedience, praise, or approval, or perhaps just silence.
It's obvious with the regressive librarians. They created that "Alternatives in Print" thing, and some of them like to talk about diversity. But they don't really want diversity or alternative views. Just see the way Cranky Marxist Dude and Snipey Fellow Traveling Dude and their buddies have attacked me just for existing. They haven't provided any counter-arguments. They just don't like it that an alternative voice exists that criticizes them. They're ideologues.
The twopointopians aren't much better. They're the cultists, and cultists don't like disagreement. Yesterday David Lee King, the man behind the earnest twopointopian blog David Lee King, commented on my "Cult of Twopointopia" post.
"AL - you said: 'but reading the barrage of 2.0 propaganda from you and others gets tiresome to a lot of people'
Uhm... so don't read it? Or write something yourself? I don't see the problem."
It turns out I did write something. And the twopointopians don't like it because it's critical. I don't see the problem, either. They write stuff. I write stuff. I don't go along with this "if you can't say something nice" mentality.
He went on: "Obviously, whatever you want to call it - library 2.0, comments on blogs, new-fangled library tools on a computer... there are a LOT of librarians that don't understand why it's there, why they have to do it, and how their jobs are affected because of it. I can't speak for others - but I try to explain this stuff on my blog and in presentations. And you are welcome to read/listen or not."
And I might say the same. Read or don't read. But I can't just ignore things when I'm bombarded with them in the premier publication of the American Library Association, now can I? That seems to be the twopointopian strategy. Never say anything critical. Don't engage the opposition, because the opposition just isn't on the "cluetrain," so we can ignore them. Don't analyze, just proselytize. Sorry, baby, it doesn't work for me. I like evidence and argument, not mantras and affirmations.
I'm here to provide an alternative voice in librarianship. If there's a fad or a trend or a zealot, I'm the alternative voice. And nobody has to read.
The trendy fads and the dominant ideology of librarianship have the ALA, American Libraries, Library Journal, and scads of earnest librarians out there blogging and speaking and promoting themselves and their agenda endlessly. I've got this lone blog crying in the wilderness. They praise each other endlessly. The typical response to the AL is, "well, I don't agree with her normally, but she does make some good points."
They publish stupid "manifestos." They ignore criticism and never seriously engage with any opposition, because they think they can ignore the opposition. The opposition is too timid and well mannered to take on the regressive thugs. The opposition (sometimes) is too poorly informed to take the twopointopians on on their own ground.
Well, I'm not. It doesn't really matter personally what I think. The Annoyed Librarian is an alternative voice in librarianship, and that's that.