Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Blocked Bytes Week

Blocked Bytes´┐ŻWeek - Home - Doug Johnson's Blue Skunk BlogSeptember 27 - October 4, 2008 is officially Banned Book Week. Really though, we are well past the point of protecting just books. As library blogger Doug Johnson so wonderfully points out, "Americans need the freedom to read more than just books." People are publishing in so many formats, yet filters aggressively block much of this content. Not only are we denying people access to content, but also the experience of seeing how this content is being shared. Wordle, Twitter, Ning, even FaceBook, are all publishing formats. Incorporating social networking into our definition of publishing is now important. We need to redefine our interpretation of "banned".

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