John Palfrey's recently published a book entitled BiblioTech: Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever in the Age of Google, highlighting the crucial role libraries still serve and how we might serve to defend them. In a quasi-critique of Palfrey's synopsis, Amien Essif writes, quite poignantly:
Libraries aren’t lagging behind the digital revolution because of a lack of inspiration and gumption. Instead, it’s because the government refuses to create new institutions to solve new problems as it once did. Thus libraries have become the ad hoc receptacle for all of our country’s gaps in social services—with shrinking funds.
And in the next paragraph...
Libraries are at risk for the same reason as food stamps—not because there’s no demand or taxpayers can’t afford it, but because Republicans and Democrats alike are divesting from the public good, favoring private enterprise and making conditions ripe for a Google-Apple-Amazon-Facebook oligopoly on information.