Warning: bad language ahead.
This morning, I wrote this:
I also wrote this:
It’s that first one that pissed people off, though.
Sorry about that.
No, really. I am. I apologize to those I offended. I use the phrase “bunhead librarian” to mean people in my profession who I believe are focused on small or outdated issues instead of important and big ones. It’s personal code. I also say fuck a lot. But I didn’t mean to hurt anyone’s feelings or call anyone names. I am generally opposed to those things, and broke my own rule. I was angry, and frustrated, and wrote something that was probably better sent as a DM to my friend Andy. I wrote it in public, though, and offended people.
I do that sometimes.
And while I am sorry for the upset, and my not-so-awesome judgement, I’m still waiting for someone to write something that’s clearer about why the bloggers and ARCs at ALA are a problem worthy of a) this level of passion, and b) an institutional response. From where I stand and in my experience, vendors give away free stuff to lure you to their booths so they can sell you things. If they run out of lures, we can still go get them to sell us things. I’m not clear where the crisis is, and the responses on Twitter are abysmally bad at doing anything other than making advocates look more shrill and shitty than I was.
What should I be reading to make sense of this?