Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Daily Thoughts 08/26/2014

Daily Thoughts 08/26/2014

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of The Circle by Dave Eggers.  It is about an imaginary social media company that tries to encompass everything, remove transparency, and collect all information they can on everything.  Mae Holland, the main character in the book is a member of the customer experience team that joins the company.  She soon finds she has not just joined but has to become a complete member of the community with little outside life.

This book is fascinating. It draws on ideas like the social graph which is total graph of everyones connections on the internet. So What the Heck is the 'Social Graph' Facebook Keeps talking about. http://www.businessinsider.com/explainer-what-exactly-is-the-social-graph-2012-3 
The book also touches on the concept of the transparent society where there is no privacy which many people consider a social good.  It is a very uncomfortable idea. The Transparent Society by David Brin http://archive.wired.com/wired/archive/4.12/fftransparent_pr.html

I was at the library today. I went in for a meeting to discuss the library survey.

Web Bits

The Guardian View on the Loss of Public Libraries

Libraries Remain In Demand

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