Am I seeing the high water mark?
They stand huge like the way you think of gods, but like in the bad way. They will trounce us and they will not slow down. It seems fifty miles high, five hundred miles wide, the sun goes dark. The writing has been on the wall for a long time. We all know this, we all see it, there has to be something of end, dread or glory. From here it looks like we are probably going to lose. Like the Ghost Shirts.
“Audience member #5: I wanted to go the third law that you proposed, because I think it is really frustrating to do social justice work and to see things overturned and to see the massive pile of money that looms on the other side, and even, you know, in Massachusetts we had the clean elections law and then that was overturned, and attempts to change the redistricting also never happened, and it’s because the people that we already have in there are benefiting from the current system, even if they pay lip service to how much they might despise it. And so I was wondering if you could expand a little bit on how you think we might get around the chicken-and-egg problem with campaign finance.”
And so what does this have to do with the hiatus?
I got an AA, wasn’t enough, BA wasn’t enough, MLS wasn’t enough, why not PhD? Like everything else in life I looked challenge in the eye and remember how Buffy and the Slayerettes kicked ass. And during sweeps Buffy fought the final Boss in May like finals. The final boss of finals is your mind. There is pain and madness, all too familiar, but that is why they call it an institution.
A boot on your face if you are lucky.
“Lawrence Lessig: Yeah, so, the complete rationalist in me says, you know, the odds of us winning? Almost exactly zero. Almost exactly zero. Because the enormous benefit to the insiders of this system can only be overcome if you have political power equally as strong. And the problem is all the political power is inside that system, right? So what’s our resource? And so when I think of this in a completely rational way, you know, I wouldn’t suggest anybody spend any of your time working on this issue. [audience murmur]
Audience member #5: Too late.”
“I am the Scourge of God. If you had not committed great sins, God would not have sent a punishment like me upon you.”
— Attila the Hun and Genghis Khan (attributed)
Both this blog and www.thelibrarynews.com went down, one other site got totally pwned and there was no time to do much other than clean up the back end and wait for the semester to relent its thrashing upon my soul.
It never really stopped. I am still in some strange mental space that only those who have survived divine countenance could understand. The urge to flee, perhaps to the hills and teach the mountain people bibliographic instruction. In turn I can learn to play the jug, like in the Muppet Jug Band Christmas. Why not? Am I not a reasonable adult? I am fully aware of the plight of my cognizance, keen on my powers of observation and ratiocination. I am doing daily battles with the very methods that discloses the ontology of the epistemological logical structures that permit the very star dust in the universe to even conceive of itself. Neglecting the ones you love hurts, the large price isn’t the cash all the time.
So, the team was in school, and or at work. Living life. Getting by and that is why we haven’t been posting.
And my beloved Library World, guarded by mecha-sphinx named Patience and Fortitude. Still feels like a ghost town to me at times. The web holds so much promise for librarians, there are few professions that get to say they are living in the thick of such an exciting time in history. I still get traffic from the term “Jstor hack” on this blog and I think, Jstor is our neck of the woods. Where were we collectively ont this topic? We should have been all over that in outrage. It was bullshit.
And there is no law against doing you hours and going home and leaving it at the office, which you just may do.
“Lawrence Lessig: So why do I spend all of my time working on this issue? [audience laughter] So this is a story I’ve told a bunch of times. Let me just tell it one last time, and then… So, I write about this in my book. I was speaking at Dartmouth. A woman said to me, “Professor, you’ve convinced me. You’ve convinced me. This is completely hopeless. There’s nothing we can do.” And as I wrote in my book, when she said that, I had an image in my head of my kid, who then was about 6. And I thought, what if a doctor came to me and said, “Your son has terminal brain cancer and there’s nothing you can do.” Would I do nothing? You know, obviously no. You’d do everything. You’d do everything. You know, and that is what love means. Right? That’s what love means. It means working, acting fiercely against the odds. And then my next thought was, you know, even we liberals love our country. [audience laughter] And so this observation of the impossibility of this challenge is irrelevant, because we love. And we love means we act regardless of how impossible this is. But because of this – and that is, I think, the – that is the emotion that we need to find here. And for me, it really is deeply tied up with love, not just a country of us, kids, you look at these kids, three of them, in my life, handing over a world that is miles below the world that I inherited from my parents. And no hope for fixing this until we fix this problem. So, yeah, it’s hopeless. It’s just the only fight we have. Only fight we have.”
There is no choice. Chances are these greed beast swine will keep buying the laws they want. The same way public land is getting mined and drilled, our airwaves pimped, our sick and old get no love, few care about the air they breathe and the water we drink the food we eat and so we damn well have to push hard for libraries which means a free internet, we need it. We really need an open free internet to be a librarian, our ability to help people is requires a free internet. Which means trust, stability and rights.
May The Great Magnet Guide Us Someplace Affordable