CFP: Organize and Assemble IV

PLG Edmonton invites submissions for our fourth annual symposium, Organize and Assemble IV, taking place on October 18, 2014. Practitioners, scholars, activists, students, and other members of the general public interested in library, archival and allied information services are asked to speak on topics pertaining to this year’s theme: the commodification of information goods and … Read more CFP: Organize and Assemble IV

H-Net review of Prophets of the Fourth Estate: Broadsides by Press Critics of the Progressive Era

Andrew Salvati of H-Net has written a review of the Litwin Books title, Prophets of the Fourth Estate: Broadsides by Press Critics of the Progressive Era, by Amy Reynolds and Gary Hicks. His review starts like this: Comcast, Disney, NewsCorp, TimeWarner–in the second decade of the twenty-first century, the corporate parentage and commercialization of American … Read more H-Net review of Prophets of the Fourth Estate: Broadsides by Press Critics of the Progressive Era

Dalton and Thatcher commentary – “There is a need for a critical data studies”

Craig Dalton and Jim Thatcher’s provocative piece “What does a critical data studies look like, and why do we care? Seven points for a critical approach to ‘big data’” begins like this: As the public discourse around data turns from hubristic claims to existing, empirical results, it’s become nearly as easy to bash ‘big data’ … Read more Dalton and Thatcher commentary – “There is a need for a critical data studies”

Historical context of The Speaker, to screen at ALA, and now also on the web

ALA has announced that there will be a screening and discussion of the controversial 1977 film, The Speaker, produced by ALA to educate people about intellectual freedom. ALA has now also made the film available on the web (details at the above link). The film was perceived by many to advocate an unacceptable tolerance of … Read more Historical context of The Speaker, to screen at ALA, and now also on the web

A Guide for People Navigating the Expanded Powers of Surveillance in the 21st Century

Some people from Radical Reference have put together a zine with anti-surveillance resources for the discerning library worker-slash-activist. (Full title: We Are All Suspects: A Guide for People Navigating the Expanded Powers of Surveillance in the 21st Century.) As I wrote on that site, the zine includes “know your rights” info; suggestions for applications, browser … Read more A Guide for People Navigating the Expanded Powers of Surveillance in the 21st Century