Disturbing Analogy of the Day
Screw Loose Change, an excellent blog devoted to combating the moral and intellectual plague known as "9/11 trutherism", quoted the following passage from a 9/11 conspiracy web site. The individual in question is bemoaning the loss of influence of parts of the "truth movement":
I have a theory about what is happening here. In the last year we've seen two major trends in the movement. Hits at our prominent websites have gone down, while new chapters of our grassroots organization and street actions have gone up. The people who have been trying to create national coordination for this movement are likely feeling frustrated as people are turning to local coordination.
In contrast, groups like TruthAction and WeAreChange have been drawing participants and forming chapters that can directly address their regional concerns. I wouldn't be surprised to find that there are more people on the street promoting 9/11 truth than ever before.
So I'm thinking that maybe some of the "movement veterans" that we really do respect a great deal for their knowledge and commitment, are feeling some of their influence diminish. Like librarians in the age of the internet. I'm not saying we don't need these people, but possibly some of them are out of step with the direction this is all heading.
It is a bad sign for the library profession when even purveyors of deranged conspiracy theories use us as an analogy for being behind the times.