Time Magazine decided that the “Man” of the year was… me. At least, that’s what the hype said. But really? Not so much.
Chris went off on a rant because
See, for me, Facebook is forbidden. Second Life is shut down. Amazon reviews are avoided. Podcasts are against policy. Blogs are…well…banned just might not be strong enough of a word. The word that springs to mind is demonized. So how, then, could Time possibly have meant “me” when they named “you” as the person of the year?
I struggle with some of this at MPOW. We have a content management system that “they” want us to use, rather than the blog format I know will work for certain projects. Ditto an internal wiki. But… do I mind that we don’t have a Facebook page? or that students can’t get into Second Life while in the library? No.
You see, I’m not a big believer in the whole “let’s radically change the library” meme that’s going around. School Library 2.0 may be cool, and certainly some of the ideas have merit. But all of them? Look, there’s value to quiet and being unplugged. In a school, often the only place where quiet happens is in the library. So, is it Horrible to say “no cell phones” and “please talk quietly”? According to the SL2.0 movement, it is. I’m supposed to allow (mandate, almost) gaming. Why, exactly? They can “game” at home… in public libraries… heck, in our halls. Why not have a space for quiet?
Facebook… MySpace… sorry. Not buying into that either. And in “real life”? I don’t have time/inclination for either. I have good friends, some of whom I’ve met via this blog and some I’ve met on my favorite book lovers site. I don’t feel so isolated, so in need of validation that I need to be Out There, searching for more.
Social networking users need to take a step back and think about just what they’re posting onto the Internet. It’ll probably be too late for a number of people, and it’ll take a lot more ‘victims’ of the lack of privacy before most users actually start heeding these warnings. Just beware that anything posted online to your friends now, could very easily come back to haunt you in days, months, or even years to come.
Luckily, for me, this year was also the year that I heard Joan Frye Williams. Her message to “Practice, dude” resonates as I try to pull this together, both personally and professionally. And then Jessamyn pointed out the Slow Library movement. I’ll be keeping an eye on it.