The world is in a muddle at the moment, but what is one who cares to do?
I am currently readIng Kurt Andersen’s Fantasyland:How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History and Kevin Young’s Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbugs, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post Facts and Fake News to try to understand why people choose such wrong sources of information and Tali Sharot’s The Influential Mind: What The Brain Reveals About Our Power To Change Others to figure out how librarians can help these people to want and choose better sources. Several years ago,I also liked a lot Farhad Manjoo’s book, True Enough: Learning To Live In A Post Fact Society.
I still firmly believe the world is one giant library, in dire need of the enlightened suggestions of librarians and the well-informed. Picky readers of the world, it is time to step up and speak out. Voting season is upon us.