An excerpt from Auden’s September 1st, 1939 poem:
All I have is a voice
To undo the folded lie,
The romantic lie in the brain
Of the sensual man-in-the-street
And the lie of Authority
Whose buildings grope the sky:
There is no such thing as the State
And no one exists alone;
Hunger allows no choice
To the citizen or the police;
We must love one another or die.
Defenseless under the night
Our world in stupor lies;
Yet, dotted everywhere,
Ironic points of light
Flash out wherever the Just
Exchange their messages:
May I, composed like them
Of Eros and of dust,
Beleaguered by the same
Negation and despair,
Show an affirming flame.
I have added a new page to acknowledge those who have shaped my career. I am truly grateful for the influence you have had on my professional life.
Here is a cool quote requoted from Convergence Culture…
“Freedom is fostered when the means of communication are dispersed, decentralized, and easily available, as are printing presses or microcomputers. Central control is more likely when the means of communication are concentrated, monopolized, and scarce, as are great networks.”
I’m proud of the work that the ASCLA of the ALA is doing in regard to a prisoner’s right to read. This quote comes from their draft statement on a Prisoners Right to Read,
“Those who believe in the ultimate decency of humankind will stand firm on the guarantees of essential rights. Those who cherish their full freedom and rights will exercise the responsibilities that accompany these rights, and will work to guarantee that the right to read, to write, and to think—to full intellectual freedom—is extended to incarcerated individuals regardless of age.
What people read is deeply important. Ideas can be dangerous but the suppression of ideas is fatal to a democratic society. The denial of intellectual freedom destroys the hopes of those segregated from society.
Freedom itself is a dangerous way of life, but it is ours. When free people, through judicial procedure, segregate some of their own, they incur the responsibility to provide humane treatment as well as the tools required to bring the prodigal home. Chief among those tools is a right to read.”
What a great, and inspiring use of words. My hat’s off to you! You are true information activists!!!
“Information is widely dispersed in society. Most human beings on the planet have bits of information from which others might benefit. But groups and institutions often fail to obtain the information that individuals have. As a result, they end up making avoidable and sometimes disastrous mistakes.” (Sunstein, 2006, p. 7)
As I am examining Information Poverty or Information Equality more, I came across this great quote:
“This gap between those with computer and Internet access and those without it was labeled the digital divide. This divide was thought to be binary: one was either an ICT have or a have not, and not having digital access was thought to limit an individual’s ability to fully participate in a democratic society” (Thompson, 2006, p.20).
Now I believe that information poverty extends beyond just the digital divide, but I do agree that without full and proper information, a citizen cannot fully participate in a democratic society.