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Facilitating dissent - the role of the librarian and information professional in challenging the state

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Given the nature of Library Camps in general, this was not delivered as a presentation. Rather, the ideas and quotes within these slides formed the foundation for the discussion. Ultimately, the …

Given the nature of Library Camps in general, this was not delivered as a presentation. Rather, the ideas and quotes within these slides formed the foundation for the discussion. Ultimately, the purpose was to identify the extent to which librarians and information professionals can play a role in challenging political and economic orthodoxies.


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  • 1. FACILITATING DISSENT
  • 2. There is a basic in governments - however massive their armies, however wealthy their treasuries, however they public - because their the given to the depends on the of citizens, of soldiers, of civil servants, of journalists and writers and teachers and artists. When these people begin to suspect they have been and when they government loses its , their support, the , and its . Zinn, H. (2003) A Chorus Against War http://progressive.org/zinn0303.html
  • 3. Chomsky, N. (1994) The Media http://books.zcommunications.org/chomsky/sld/sld-1-09.html
  • 4. It has been a gradual realisation that not only is society not receptive to the data and information but that society will organise to explicitly frustrate and deny the science in order to maintain the status quo. Rees, B. (2013), Meme Wars: The Creative Destruction of Neoclassical Economics. Seven Stories Press.
  • 5. we don’t respond to the data…what is it about the human mind that is so easily fooled into doing something that is self-destructive when all the evidence is clear that [exhaustion] is the case? Rees, B. (2013), Meme Wars: The Creative Destruction of Neoclassical Economics. Seven Stories Press.
  • 6. Britain is a master case study… …to understand how ideology and propaganda work in a free market. De Oliviera, B. (2013), Meme Wars: The Creative Destruction of Neoclassical Economics. Seven Stories Press.
  • 7. DISOBEDIENCE liberty. OBEDIENT slaves. -
  • 8. Lasn, K. (2013), Meme Wars: The Creative Destruction of Neoclassical Economics. Seven Stories Press.
  • 9. Lasn, K. (2013), Meme Wars: The Creative Destruction of Neoclassical Economics. Seven Stories Press.
  • 10. Lasn, K. (2013), Meme Wars: The Creative Destruction of Neoclassical Economics. Seven Stories Press.
  • 11. THE LIBRARIAN?