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I’m No Antidigitalist: a song about GormanGate




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Last week, as I was reading and responding to everyone’s responses to Michael Gorman’s blog posts, I re-read a couple of the posts myself… and this phrase from his earlier “blog people” article started running through my head … and wouldn’t leave.So I did what any self-respecting closet musician would do on his day off – I wrote a song!

A little more explanation – I wrote the music (with a little help from GarageBand here and there). For each line of the lyrics, I pulled random Gorman quotes from these three articles.

This is probably some odd self-fulfilling prophecy, since I am a blogger, since Gorman said “entirely possible that their intellectual needs are met by an accumulation of random facts and paragraphs” … and that’s pretty much what I did to construct this song!

Now, on to the song! And here’s a game for you while listening: try to find each quote while you’re listening to the song!

I’m No Antidigitalist
Music by David Lee King, lyrics pulled from Gorman quotes

an associated flight from expertise
believers in Biblical inerrancy
authoritative printed sources
an extreme example of technophiliac rambling

human beings learn, essentially, in only two ways
verifiable credentials and demonstrable expertise
derision of the professorial authority figure
hyperventilating not blasphemy

I’m no Antidigitalist

there are obstacles to such a benign outcome
antihuman and intellectually debasing
the endemic confusion of means
the triumph of hope and boosterism over reality

I’m no Antidigitalist

read what they want to read … random facts
read what they want to read … paragraphs

an associated flight from expertise
believers in Biblical inerrancy
human beings learn, essentially, in only two ways
hyperventilating not blasphemy

I’m no Antidigitalist

The structures of scholarship and learning are based on respect for individuality and the authentic expression of individual personalities.

Enjoy!

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  • http://www.infosciphi.info/ Chadwick Seagraves

    David – Great song. Very well done. Nice to see you are learning blues harp. I started playing cross harp in 1994 and had some fun with it in bars during college. I used to have friends who played blues guitar well and we used to jam back in the day. I really miss playing with a good guitarist. Harmonicas are great, but cross harp sounds so much better when we have someone to accompany. Anyway, you are sounding really good. Keep it up.

  • http://www.infosciphi.info Chadwick Seagraves

    David – Great song. Very well done. Nice to see you are learning blues harp. I started playing cross harp in 1994 and had some fun with it in bars during college. I used to have friends who played blues guitar well and we used to jam back in the day. I really miss playing with a good guitarist. Harmonicas are great, but cross harp sounds so much better when we have someone to accompany. Anyway, you are sounding really good. Keep it up.

  • http://librarygarden.blogspot.com/ JanieH

    I keep coming back to listen again and again. This is my new fave blogland song.

  • http://librarygarden.blogspot.com JanieH

    I keep coming back to listen again and again. This is my new fave blogland song.

  • http://www.lisjobs.com/ Rachel

    David: You ROCK.

  • http://www.lisjobs.com Rachel

    David: You ROCK.

  • http://ucmercedlibrary.info/ Donald Barclay

    Dude,

    You are clearly main-entry material.

  • http://ucmercedlibrary.info Donald Barclay

    Dude,

    You are clearly main-entry material.

  • http://www.ibiblio.org/secretlibrary Darren

    I love this David! You are on fire!

  • http://www.ibiblio.org/secretlibrary Darren

    I love this David! You are on fire!

  • http://engagedpatrons.org/Blogs.cfm?siteID=4030&BlogID=142 Jeff

    First of all, you get a day off???

    Somebody, somewhere should be paying you something!

    JBD

  • http://engagedpatrons.org/Blogs.cfm?siteID=4030&BlogID=142 Jeff

    First of all, you get a day off???

    Somebody, somewhere should be paying you something!

    JBD

  • http://www.britanica.com/ Michael Gorman (pretend versio

    What you people call “music” is nearly as bad a what you call “writing” on your blogs. You are fortunate that I do not crush you simply by using my superior mental powers. I could also use my hair lightening powers or blue blocker sunglasess powers, but those options would be less ironic.

  • http://www.britanica.com Michael Gorman (pretend version)

    What you people call “music” is nearly as bad a what you call “writing” on your blogs. You are fortunate that I do not crush you simply by using my superior mental powers. I could also use my hair lightening powers or blue blocker sunglasess powers, but those options would be less ironic.

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  • http://theshiftedlibrarian.com/ Jenny Levine

    Thanks for making me laugh so hard this morning :)