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Contrary to what Libraries ACT says, RiotACT values reading very much

By johnboy - 23 December 2011 39

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Yesterday we had a poke at the appointment of “Reading Ambassadors” for the ACT.

This prompted Libraries ACT to this morning accuse via Twitter that we do not “value the importance of promoting reading”.

To be very clear, we value reading immensely. Without a literate population we have no audience.

We appreciate the promotion of reading as the creation of our future audience, quite aside from its value as a social good in its own right.

We just don’t think that a lame list of D-list celebrities and an entire roller derby league being appointed Reading Ambassadors is a very effective promotion of reading.

Instead I’ll go with Pliny the Elder on this:

True glory consists in doing what deserves to be written; in writing what deserves to be read; and in so living as to make the world happier for our living in it.

What’s Your opinion?


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Contrary to what Libraries ACT says, RiotACT values reading very much
matt31221 5:19 pm 23 Dec 11

johnboy said :

The thing I like is the temerity of a glorified drop in centre for the elderly and insane to be appointing itself the guardian of literacy, something that should be the preserve of the vastly more important education system.

The elderly and insane. Nice presumption there JB.

Your disdain and ridicule of anyone that suffers from a mental illness is so very obvious. I am sure they would of appointed you a reading ambassador if it wasn’t for that deeply ingrained bigotry.

Classified 5:17 pm 23 Dec 11

Thumper said :

Governments and twitter.

Not a good mix.

Government have their own version, called Twatter.

Thumper 5:02 pm 23 Dec 11

Governments and twitter.

Not a good mix.

Waiting For Godot 4:47 pm 23 Dec 11

What’s a library? Oh, that’s right. They’re those museums which were made redundant when the Internet started.

2604 4:07 pm 23 Dec 11

johnboy said :

The thing I like is the temerity of a glorified drop in centre for the elderly and insane to be appointing itself the guardian of literacy, something that should be the preserve of the vastly more important education system.

Unfortunately, the education system has largely failed at that task. My wife reckons that about 30% of the kids arriving in year 7 at the high school she teaches at are either fully illiterate or can barely read or write.

Primal 4:04 pm 23 Dec 11

Corporate Twitter Management 101: don’t give free promotion to people who are saying your ideas are silly.

(Corporate Twitter Management 102: don’t promote silly ideas…)

johnboy 3:24 pm 23 Dec 11

The thing I like is the temerity of a glorified drop in centre for the elderly and insane to be appointing itself the guardian of literacy, something that should be the preserve of the vastly more important education system.

Deref 3:04 pm 23 Dec 11

Clearly whomever the twat was s/he never visits RA.

The appropriate disdain with which illiterates are treated here should be a perfect indication of how much we value reading.

Overheard 2:08 pm 23 Dec 11

fgzk said :

I resent the way the literate always expecting us barley illiterate to default to their beliefs and rigid format.

True. More funding IS needed to address the literacy needs of grain farmers.

fgzk 1:20 pm 23 Dec 11

I resent the way the literate always expecting us barley illiterate to default to their beliefs and rigid format. I also resent having to read long posts with lots of big words. Twitter works for me.

My book recommendation: “WARchild” A boy soldier’s story by emmanuelJAL

bd84 12:46 pm 23 Dec 11

There are some very decent ambassadors on the list, but to fill the list with other random people is what makes a mockery of it, especially as I bet that they have no idea about the reading or writing ability of those people.

What makes it worse, is the decision for the service to respond via twitter, a medium which probably contributes to the lack of reading ability amongst young people.

johnboy 12:30 pm 23 Dec 11

NickD said :

If you post snarky articles, don’t get upset if it prompts a snarky response.

I don’t mind a snarky response. A false and defamatory one on the other hand spoken in the name of a whole library service is a bit of a surprise.

I suspect we have here the endemic curse of social media in this town, the loser who couldn’t attract any interest for their personal twitter feed getting a rush of blood to the head when given control of the work account.

poetix 12:19 pm 23 Dec 11

Obviously the promotion of reading does not extend to the promotion of critical thought.

“He understood HOW; he did not understand WHY.” George Orwell, 1984.

NickD 12:12 pm 23 Dec 11

If you post snarky articles, don’t get upset if it prompts a snarky response.

s-s-a 11:57 am 23 Dec 11

And now Libraries ACT are tweeting about the digital TV changeover. How does *that* promote reading, unless you are stone deaf and need closed captions. Talk about shooting yourselves in the foot!?!?

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