Occasionally I think about the purpose of this blog, and based on the last couple of posts, I'm pretty sure I know. One purpose of the AL is to let librarians vent in the comments, to provide a forum for open discussion and argument. This is of course one of the things that has always bothered my critics. For people who claim not to take anyone seriously who writes anonymously, some of my critics sure seem to get their knickers in a twist about this blog.
The twopointopians should of course be celebrating the AL, because they all love "user generated content," and there aren't many library blogs that have more user generated content than this one. It's possible that the AL has the highest comment to post ratio of any library blog, but I'm not going to bother examining any other library blogs to verify that statement. Even if it was true, I wouldn't really care, anyway.
It is somewhat ironic that the AL is such a twopointopian success story, because in general this is one of the more tedious areas of twopointopia. The problem is, most users don't have any worthwhile content to generate. Read some of the New York Times blogs and watch the comments quickly evolve into user generated idiocy. If it's a political piece, the user generated idiocy often starts with the first comment. I try to insulate myself from idiots in my everyday life, because it depresses me that so many fools are allowed to exercise power over me in the form of voting. The Times comments especially depress me, because even the stupid ones are probably written by the cream of the chaff. Only the brighter idiots read the Times, or at least that's my assumption. I don't even want to know what the ordinary idiots out in the world think.
All the twopointoh stuff makes it so easy for users to generate idiocy. Just think, back in the old days, one had to find a publisher willing to put up with your idiocy, but the twopointoh publishers depend upon it. Without a lot of user-generated idiocy, Blogger, Wordpress, Livejournal, and the like would be barren wastelands. But now, there's an endless supply of idiocy to read! It's a very exciting time to be a librarian, as I'm sure you've heard from everyone applying for a library job in the past decade.
I hate to admit it, but there's even been some idiocy in the AL's comments lately, which is a darn shame. I won't tell you what it is; you'll just have to figure it out for yourselves. I'll give you a hint, though: there's a logical hole large enough for a whole herd of elephants to stampede through, and it has something to do with porn. As for those who respond to the idiocy, what can be said? There's a sucker born every minute, but some of us find it entertaining.