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2010-07-01 10:24:35 AM
The point about whether or not physical libraries should be de-emphasizing actual book holdings and allocating far more of their resources toward developing more comprehensive and accessible online and electronic holdings is a good, intelligent, and worthwhile point for discussion. It's unfortunate that it's being brought up here, in the swirling vortex of stupidity created when the bottomless cretinhoood of local reporting meets the rampaging idiocy of propaganda journalism.
 
2010-07-01 10:32:55 AM
this article was written by a developmentally disabled schizophrenic:

They eat up millions of your hard earned tax dollars. It's money that could be used to keep your child's school running. So with the internet and e-books, do we really need millions for libraries?...One of the nation's biggest and busiest libraries is the $144-million Harold Washington Library in the Loop. It boasts a staggering 5,000 visitors a day!.

There are 799 public libraries in Illinois. And they're busy. People borrow more than 88 million times a year...In an hour, we counted about 300 visitors. Most of them were using the free internet. The bookshelves? Not so much.

But keeping libraries running costs big money. In Chicago, the city pumps $120 million a year into them. In fact, a full 2.5 percent of our yearly property taxes go to fund them...We know we spend a lot on them. But libraries do bring in some revenue: more than $2 million in fines is collected annually by Chicago public libraries.
 
2010-07-01 10:42:54 AM
I guess just saying "Local television station" instead of "Fox News" wouldn't have gotten the greenlight.
 
2010-07-01 10:48:59 AM
Just another example of Fox contributing to the dumbing down of America. It will be decades, if ever, until everything currently at the library is available for download or access via the internet. Many scholarly articles and research are in physical form only. And at the moment it is hard to read

The internet is just the next version of books (I'm including e-books etc). And, if people are going to the library to use the internet, that is probably a sign that they can't access the internet at home. Many materials that were in print, such as local code books, are now available online only. If there is no library, whether it is electronic or physical, we will end up shutting out a significant portion of the population.
 
2010-07-01 10:53:08 AM
damageddude: Just another example of Fox contributing to the dumbing down of America. It will be decades, if ever, until everything currently at the library is available for download or access via the internet. Many scholarly articles and research are in physical form only. And at the moment it is hard to read

The internet is just the next version of books (I'm including e-books etc). And, if people are going to the library to use the internet, that is probably a sign that they can't access the internet at home. Many materials that were in print, such as local code books, are now available online only. If there is no library, whether it is electronic or physical, we will end up shutting out a significant portion of the population.


also, our homeless people will be forced to BM on the sidewalks. even if libraries provide nothing else, they can have 2.5% of my property taxes to keep that from happening.
 
2010-07-01 11:10:10 AM
Libraries have long been a sign of the Commie nature of our Founding Fathers, who considered knowledge and resources for the use and good of the common weal to be sancrosanct.

How dare we hold knowledge in the cold, dread hands of the government, as opposed to diseminated by a warm and caring corporation?

How dare we, sirrah? HOW DARE WE?
 
2010-07-01 11:12:24 AM
The printed word! We must hide this from the serfs, else they gain literacy, and undermine our entrenched economic position.
 
2010-07-01 11:19:42 AM
I thought Libraries were where the homeless had BMs.

Turn the homeless into soylent green, then there will be no need for libraries.

/That or cork the homeless so no BMs are possible.
 
2010-07-01 11:24:29 AM
Why doesn't it surprise me that Fox would come out on the side of illiteracy?

The fewer people who read, the more brain-dead idiots we end up with...Which will no doubt have a pretty positive impact on their ratings, being as this is their target demographic.
 
2010-07-01 11:24:42 AM
Pocket Ninja: The point about whether or not physical libraries should be de-emphasizing actual book holdings and allocating far more of their resources toward developing more comprehensive and accessible online and electronic holdings is a good, intelligent, and worthwhile point for discussion. It's unfortunate that it's being brought up here, in the swirling vortex of stupidity created when the bottomless cretinhoood of local reporting meets the rampaging idiocy of propaganda journalism.

Actually, there is the point of distribution rights, when you talk about electronic storage, and access. Call it a vortex of stupidity, but distribution of copyrighted material IS an issue at the heart of on line storage of materials. This is very much at the heart of a great many of the intellectual property rights that writers' unions are fighting right now.

Maybe it's not that important to the consumer, but for the folks who produce that material, it is very much an issue. Being able to control who distributes and how they distribute your work is at the heart of the question for electronic storage for libraries.

Be that Google trying to sew up as much printed material as possible online, or a library. It boils down to who has access, who has control of that access, who will distribute and how they will distribute your work.

If you want to have an intelligent conversation on the issue, you have to address how to preserve intellectual property law, while serving the public in an efficient manner.
 
2010-07-01 11:29:03 AM
No libraries?

How will we know where to go to find books for burnin'??
 
2010-07-01 11:38:22 AM
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OBSOLETE!
 
2010-07-01 11:50:30 AM
Whys we needs libaries? Ya ain't axe dat queshton yet.
 
2010-07-01 11:50:37 AM
In other news derpshat teabaggers are now paranoid that Yahoo and Google are in on a communist plot

Page saved from teabagger site (new window)
 
2010-07-01 12:04:47 PM
Huh. Farked from the start according to subby: "Is libraries..." should be "Are libraries."
 
2010-07-01 12:05:12 PM
It's pronouced LI-BERRY
 
2010-07-01 12:06:40 PM
Silly Fox News, libraries are more than just books.

unfarkingbelievable: Huh. Farked from the start according to subby: "Is libraries..." should be "Are libraries."

It's almost like it was intentional given the number of mistakes in the headline juxtaposed with the question are libraries necessary.

images.starcraftmazter.net
 
2010-07-01 12:06:46 PM
"libaries", subby, it's LIBARIES
 
2010-07-01 12:06:48 PM
Physical libraries are obsolete now. A repository of physical books and materials is utterly useless in this age of instant information.
 
2010-07-01 12:07:00 PM
Dese be sum stoopid movvafockers.
 
2010-07-01 12:07:37 PM
cant spell library with out lib! it must be eliminated.
 
2010-07-01 12:08:18 PM
unfarkingbelievable: Huh. Farked from the start according to subby: "Is libraries..." should be "Are Our libraries."

FTFY
 
2010-07-01 12:08:32 PM
If libraries were important, they would have been specifically mentioned in the Constitution, like the Bible is. Besides, I've seen some of the liberal books in those places and I won't stand for socialism.
 
2010-07-01 12:08:36 PM
I'm dating an awesome single mom I met at the downtown library; now we spend afternoons reading children's books to her sweet six-year-old daughter curled up between us. That is more than enough justification to me for keeping the libraries open.
 
2010-07-01 12:09:25 PM
FishInABowl: Physical libraries are obsolete now. A repository of physical books and materials is utterly useless in this age of instant information.

Quiet, sheep. Graze.
 
2010-07-01 12:09:30 PM
I live in W. Virginia, and our local library is fairly popular.
 
2010-07-01 12:10:20 PM
FishInABowl: Physical libraries are obsolete now. A repository of physical books and materials is utterly useless in this age of instant information.

Good thing digital information never gets corrupted or lost.
 
2010-07-01 12:10:40 PM
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2010-07-01 12:10:58 PM
stuhayes2010: I live in W. Virginia, and our local library is fairly popular.

So that's where all the moonshine stills are.
 
2010-07-01 12:11:13 PM
Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: The printed word! We must hide this from the serfs, else they gain literacy, and undermine our entrenched economic position.

www.n2wzb.net
 
2010-07-01 12:11:43 PM
DERISIVE COMMENT ABOUT FOX NEWS
 
2010-07-01 12:11:57 PM
Is it any wonder FOX would object to a place people could obtain knowledge, gain wisdom and understanding? I mean if they did that, they'd stop watching FOX.
 
2010-07-01 12:11:59 PM
unfarkingbelievable: Huh. Farked from the start according to subby: "Is libraries..." should be "Are Our libraries."

/Pet peeve
 
2010-07-01 12:12:38 PM
orava: "libaries", subby, it's LIBARIES

actually, its libarys.
 
2010-07-01 12:13:42 PM
The library is the only place where you can rent DVDs for free and listen to full albums before you buy. Cough.
 
2010-07-01 12:14:00 PM
'You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.'

Ray Bradbury
 
2010-07-01 12:14:38 PM
FishInABowl: Physical libraries are obsolete now. A repository of physical books and materials is utterly useless in this age of instant information.

The assumption that everyone partakes in or has easy access this age of instant information is a poor one.
 
2010-07-01 12:14:54 PM
As a librarian, I have never been more offended by a news article in my entire life. Holy crap....I can't even put into words what I feel right now.
 
2010-07-01 12:15:00 PM
I would like to know Meow Said The Dog's opinion of libaries
 
2010-07-01 12:15:09 PM
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Dr. Moon says the people inside are real and they must be saved.
 
2010-07-01 12:15:19 PM
Hrm...

dimpost.files.wordpress.com
 
2010-07-01 12:15:54 PM
first they came for the smart people

and I said nothing because I ....

hey what's the shiny thing over there.
 
2010-07-01 12:15:58 PM
I dislike FOX News as much as the next guy, but if FOX News Chicago is anything like the local station here in St. Louis, it's not necessarily a bunch of right-leaning drones. In fact, political opinion rarely makes its way into newscasts.
 
2010-07-01 12:16:15 PM
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2010-07-01 12:16:59 PM
I went to the local library earlier this week, been a while since I had been. I saw they were renting out True Blood-Season 2, and Brutal Legends along with a decent selection of other games. Not sure where I am going with this, so yeah.
 
2010-07-01 12:17:31 PM
Don't take MY money and redistribute it to people who didn't work for it.
If you can't afford to BUY books you don't DESERVE to read them.
 
2010-07-01 12:17:49 PM
Pocket Ninja 2010-07-01 10:24:35 AM
The point about whether or not physical libraries should be de-emphasizing actual book holdings and allocating far more of their resources toward developing more comprehensive and accessible online and electronic holdings is a good, intelligent, and worthwhile point for discussion. It's unfortunate that it's being brought up here, in the swirling vortex of stupidity created when the bottomless cretinhoood of local reporting meets the rampaging idiocy of propaganda journalism.




Well that sure is a lot of fancy talk there. Oh, I get it, you're the high fallutin' fancy ass educated motherfarker. But just let me ask you this...



Can you kick my ass?
 
2010-07-01 12:18:07 PM
shoegaze99: FishInABowl: Physical libraries are obsolete now. A repository of physical books and materials is utterly useless in this age of instant information.

The assumption that everyone partakes in or has easy access this age of instant information is a poor one.


what percentage of the US population have an internet connection?

what percentage would find walking/driving/bussing to the library more difficult than accessing information on the internet?

The problem isn't the unavailability of information, it's that people just dont farkING care, and no amount of public works will solve a problem of lack of intellectual desire which needs to be instilled by their parents and the society in general or obtained by lucky genetics.
 
2010-07-01 12:18:10 PM
shoegaze99: FishInABowl: Physical libraries are obsolete now. A repository of physical books and materials is utterly useless in this age of instant information.

The assumption that everyone partakes in or has easy access this age of instant information is a poor one.


If they can get to a library, they can get to a computer.
 
2010-07-01 12:18:20 PM
In Chicago, the city pumps $120 million a year into them. In fact, a full 2.5 percent of our yearly property taxes go to fund them.
That's money that could go elsewhere - like for schools, the CTA, police or pensions


Jesus. Keep the libraries, the "schools, CTA, police or pensions" is really throwing your money in the street.
 
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