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The Annoyed Librarian is Annoyed With Me



{Coolness – I made the Annoyed Librarian blog! I must be doing something right!}

The Annoyed Librarian has been, well… annoyed lately. About Library 2.0. She doesn’t like the term, doesn’t like articles, videos and blog posts that claim to be manifestos, and she writes about it (on her 2.0 BLOG, complete with tags and blogroll… but then, that’s another story entirely).

And she quoted me yesterday. Here’s the back story: she recently wrote about Library 2.0, and I didn’t agree with her, so I left a couple of comments on her post.

So the Annoyed Librarian created another post, claiming “twopointopians” are “cultists who don’t like disagreement.”

That, to me, is hilarious in and of itself (hello! I disagreed with you and left a comment saying so!). I’m guessing she doesn’t read my blog… I always ask for comments, thoughts, other opinions, and sometimes even post those discussions. And I have disagreed with other twopointopians before, and have both posted my thoughts and have left comments on their blogs [and a quick aside – readers, feel free to disagree with me, and to post about it or comment on my posts – that’s what blogs are for!].

But… back to the quotes… in a comment on her post on 2.0, she was complaining that she was “reading the barrage of 2.0 propaganda from you and others” and that it “gets tiresome to a lot of people.” So I suggested that she didn’t have to read my blog. Or that she could write something else.

So she answered back, saying “it turns out I did write something. And the twopointopians don’t like it because it’s critical.”

Did you catch that? Listen closely – First she says twopointopians are “cultists who don’t like disagreement” and then, when I disagree with her, she changes tactics and says “the twopointopians don’t like it [her blog post] because it’s critical.”

AL – you can’t have it both ways! Do you WANT to have disagreement and criticism, or not? Because I will most likely not be agreeing with your ideas about 2.0. And how will you know that if I don’t leave comments on your post, or post about it on my own blog?

{And did I mention that the Annoyed Librarian got annoyed with me? Woo Hoo!}

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  • davidleeking

    Joshua – here’s my observation of AL – he/she says something meant to inflame or at least to be humorous in a sarcastic way (the way she ripped into that manifesto, for example). And then his/her commenters tear into it and anyone who says something they don’t like.

    Anonymity is wonderful – no one knows if you’re a dog :-)

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  • http://librarianwoes.wordpress.com/ Woeful

    Needless to write, I’m commenting here extremely late and I apologize for that, but I just discovered this discussion by conducting an experimental Google timeline search regarding “Library 2.0.” Satirical or not, the “tone” of AL’s discussions is corrosive, not beneficial to the profession, and I don’t find it “funny” in any way. S/he is exceptionally condescending to public librarianship, and I can’t abide it. I don’t feed the troll, in fact, I don’t even visit anymore. I link to AL from my blog out of reciprocity, nothing more. Normally, I wouldn’t even waste my keystrokes commenting about AL, but this is an exceptionally good discussion.

  • http://librarianwoes.wordpress.com/ Woeful

    Needless to write, I’m commenting here extremely late and I apologize for that, but I just discovered this discussion by conducting an experimental Google timeline search regarding “Library 2.0.” Satirical or not, the “tone” of AL’s discussions is corrosive, not beneficial to the profession, and I don’t find it “funny” in any way. S/he is exceptionally condescending to public librarianship, and I can’t abide it. I don’t feed the troll, in fact, I don’t even visit anymore. I link to AL from my blog out of reciprocity, nothing more. Normally, I wouldn’t even waste my keystrokes commenting about AL, but this is an exceptionally good discussion.

  • http://tametheweb.com/ttw-contributors/ Lee

    This was refreshing.

    Thanks.

  • http://tametheweb.com/ttw-contributors/ Lee

    This was refreshing.

    Thanks.

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  • Libdir

    I think you all are narcissistic examples of the Peter Principle. I am the director of a medium sized public library. I am never astonished at the incompetence and arrogance of my colleagues. Basic economics and living according to a budget might as well be quantum physics. AL only hits a nerve with you, and your reaction is predictable cliche. Puffed-up articles about 2.0 et al. are just hand mirrors.

  • http://www.davidleeking.com davidleeking

    Wow – I wrote this 3 years ago, and it's still getting comments. Thanks!

    Libdir – what have I written that's “puffed up” or a “hand mirror?” I'd like to know.