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To Restore Civil Society, Start With the Library

Eric Klinenberg New York Times
Is the public library obsolete? A lot of powerful forces in society seem to think so. Libraries are being disparaged and neglected at precisely the moment when they are most valued and necessary. Libraries are an example of “social infrastructure.”

Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever in the Age of Google

Amien Essif Alternet
Of course, you don’t have to be homeless to use a library, but that’s the point. You don’t have to be anyone in particular to go inside and stay as long as you want, sit in its armchairs, read the news, write your dissertation, charge your phone, use the bathroom, check your email, find the address of a hotel or homeless shelter. Of all the institutions we have, both public and private, the public library is the truest democratic space.

Dispatches from the Culture Wars - Be Careful What You Wish For edition

Published by Portside
Growth of Radical Right Wing Groups * Getting Rid of Lifeline "Obama Phones"? * Class Issues in Honey Boo Boo * Tech Companies Support Gay Marriage * Disney Video Game Shows Girls How to Climb the NYC Social Ladder * Father Hacks 'Donkey Kong' for Daughter * New Building Design for New Uses at Public Libraries * The Rise of `The American Conservative' * Surprising New Immigrant Geography * The `Harlem Shake' and Class Politics
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