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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.librarystuff.net/ Steven M. Cohen

    Wow!!! Michael Stipe would be proud!!

  • http://www.librarystuff.net Steven M. Cohen

    Wow!!! Michael Stipe would be proud!!

  • http://theshiftedlibrarian.com/ Jenny Levine

    Thanks for making me laugh so hard this morning :)

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  • http://jennimi.com/ jennimi

    Been a fan since “Are You Blogging This”! David, you kill me. Rawk.

  • http://jennimi.com jennimi

    Been a fan since “Are You Blogging This”! David, you kill me. Rawk.

  • http://nirak.net/ Karin Dalziel

    Great Job! Really made my morning. :)

  • http://nirak.net Karin Dalziel

    Great Job! Really made my morning. :)

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  • http://www.goblin-cartoons.com/ joshua m. neff

    I love it! We need more bibliopunk!

  • http://www.goblin-cartoons.com joshua m. neff

    I love it! We need more bibliopunk!

  • http://freerangelibrarian.com/ K.G. Schneider

    Also, related, I noticed that Britannica’s blog has been *very selective* about trackbacks… as if we don’t know what the biblioblogosphere actually wrote! Talk about proving a point.

  • http://freerangelibrarian.com K.G. Schneider

    Also, related, I noticed that Britannica’s blog has been *very selective* about trackbacks… as if we don’t know what the biblioblogosphere actually wrote! Talk about proving a point.

  • http://stevelawson.name/seealso/ Steve Lawson

    Everyone is tripping and it’s all free!

  • http://stevelawson.name/seealso/ Steve Lawson

    Everyone is tripping and it’s all free!

  • http://stevelawson.name/seealso/ Steve Lawson

    KGS: what evidence do you have? There are plenty of trackbacks from critical posts. My post on the topic doesn’t appear as a trackback, but that’s because I forgot to ping the EB blog.

  • http://stevelawson.name/seealso/ Steve Lawson

    KGS: what evidence do you have? There are plenty of trackbacks from critical posts. My post on the topic doesn’t appear as a trackback, but that’s because I forgot to ping the EB blog.

  • http://cavlec.yarinareth.net/ Dorothea Salo

    *is tripping*

  • http://cavlec.yarinareth.net/ Dorothea Salo

    *is tripping*

  • http://www.librarianinblack.net/ Sarah Houghton-Jan (Librarian

    You take the cake for being the funniest biblioblogger, and the most musically-inclined. I think you should get some sort of award for that.

  • http://www.librarianinblack.net Sarah Houghton-Jan (Librarian in Black)

    You take the cake for being the funniest biblioblogger, and the most musically-inclined. I think you should get some sort of award for that.

  • http://geekyartistlibrarian.blogspot.com/ Starr Hoffman (geeky artist li

    Excellent!!! Is it just me, or does this song and singing style owe a lot to the band Cake? I like.

  • http://geekyartistlibrarian.blogspot.com Starr Hoffman (geeky artist librarian)

    Excellent!!! Is it just me, or does this song and singing style owe a lot to the band Cake? I like.

  • davidleeking

    Starr – I admit, I actually had Cake in mind when I did this. So I must have pulled that one off!

  • davidleeking

    Starr – I admit, I actually had Cake in mind when I did this. So I must have pulled that one off!

  • http://freerangelibrarian.com/ K.G. Schneider

    Steve, maybe it’s just MY posts ;-) and perhaps I don’t have the right update services in my WordPress options?

  • http://freerangelibrarian.com K.G. Schneider

    Steve, maybe it’s just MY posts ;-) and perhaps I don’t have the right update services in my WordPress options?

  • http://freerangelibrarian.com/ K.G. Schneider

    Sorry for this side conversation, but I did verify that my trackbacks are working and I have Pingomatic listed. (Duh, one of my trackbacks is on this post!)

  • http://freerangelibrarian.com K.G. Schneider

    Sorry for this side conversation, but I did verify that my trackbacks are working and I have Pingomatic listed. (Duh, one of my trackbacks is on this post!)

  • http://otherlibrarian.wordpress.com/ Ryan Deschamps

    David,

    You should get out less.

    And do more of this.

    Great song, great satire, great sauvignon (oh well, two out of three ain’t bad).

  • http://otherlibrarian.wordpress.com Ryan Deschamps

    David,

    You should get out less.

    And do more of this.

    Great song, great satire, great sauvignon (oh well, two out of three ain’t bad).

  • http://beardedpigs.org/ SG

    Now I know what it’ll sound like when Michael Stipe, Trent Reznor, and Tom Morello make a record together.

    Too bad Johnny Cash isn’t around to cover it…

  • http://beardedpigs.org/ SG

    Now I know what it’ll sound like when Michael Stipe, Trent Reznor, and Tom Morello make a record together.

    Too bad Johnny Cash isn’t around to cover it…

  • http://davidrothman.net/ David Rothman

    Best. LIS. Song. Evahr.

    Thanks so much for the giggles.

  • http://davidrothman.net David Rothman

    Best. LIS. Song. Evahr.

    Thanks so much for the giggles.

  • http://suesstew.blogspot.com/ Sue

    Okay, now I have a new favorite song to replace “Code Monkey.”

  • http://suesstew.blogspot.com/ Sue

    Okay, now I have a new favorite song to replace “Code Monkey.”

  • http://lblog.jalcorn.net/ Louise

    Oh! This fills me with delight! Thank you, David. You’ve brightened a bleary Monday.

  • http://lblog.jalcorn.net Louise

    Oh! This fills me with delight! Thank you, David. You’ve brightened a bleary Monday.

  • http://www.librarism.com/ Brian

    Cool tune. Sorta reminds me of “My Past Lives” by Too Much Joy.

  • http://www.librarism.com Brian

    Cool tune. Sorta reminds me of “My Past Lives” by Too Much Joy.

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  • http://librarybytes.com/ Helene Blowers

    >>>>> I see a new award category in the CIL/IL future. In addition to InfoTubby’s, I think we just may need InfoGrammys. This is winner in my book – Supreme!

  • http://librarybytes.com Helene Blowers

    >>>>> I see a new award category in the CIL/IL future. In addition to InfoTubby’s, I think we just may need InfoGrammys. This is winner in my book – Supreme!

  • Kelley

    The harmonica breakdown (in addition to other elemenets) makes the song brilliant!

  • Kelley

    The harmonica breakdown (in addition to other elemenets) makes the song brilliant!

  • http://havemercia.wordpress.com/ Pete

    Puts me in mind of Remain in Light era Talking Heads. Very nice.

  • http://havemercia.wordpress.com Pete

    Puts me in mind of Remain in Light era Talking Heads. Very nice.

  • Beatrice

    In the words of the Partridge Family: “I think I love you…” Genious! Love the talking at the end. Very Cake as others have said, but also a little John S. Hall from King Missile!!

  • Beatrice

    In the words of the Partridge Family: “I think I love you…” Genious! Love the talking at the end. Very Cake as others have said, but also a little John S. Hall from King Missile!!