February 27, 2005

Another Elitist Looking Down Upon the Peasants

Michael Gorman is President elect of the American Library Association. (hat tip Mercury News) Judging by this attempt to "explain" his disparaging remarks about bloggers, don't expect to see him at any blogger gatherings or conventions anytime soon.

Who are the Blog People?

It is obvious that the Blog People read what they want to read rather than what is in front of them and judge me to be wrong on the basis of what they think rather than what I actually wrote. Given the quality of the writing in the blogs I have seen, I doubt that many of the Blog People are in the habit of sustained reading of complex texts. It is entirely possible that their intellectual needs are met by an accumulation of random facts and paragraphs. In that case, their rejection of my view is quite understandable.

You can read the whole article if you like. That would certainly help to advance the notion that bloggers are not Neanderthals incapable of putting a grammatically correct sentence together. Do it for your own edification. My credentials will never match those of Mr. Gorman, but should that exclude me from sharing information or opinions? Is there a standard to which one must be held in order to be heard? I would hope that it is merely a standard of decency and not one requiring a stamp of approval from an erudite such as he.

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