November 3, 2009
I’m kinda tired of all the negativity lately. In fact, it’s starting to get stale and exhausting and nauseating. The latest large dose of it is courtesy of the Annoyed Librarian and all the anonymous commenters on the most recent posts.
Here’s the thing: I don’t care if you disagree with the medium, I don’t care if you don’t agree with the message. I don’t care if you disagree with the list of skills, the essays on the site or the work that Michael Porter and David Lee King do. Because if you disagree with those things I will make the assumption that you can back your opinion up with some substance. And then there would be a constructive discussion.
What really bothers me is the massive hate pile on. The general attack on both of their personalities and professional work. The non-constructive comments. The anonymous mean comments.
Library 101 may not be my thing, but I’ll never take away from the enthusiasm, passion and effort that went into creating it. I appreciate that enthusiasm and frankly I think the library profession needs more of it.
It bothers me to watch two people get attacked for work that they put a ton of time, effort, money and love into. When was the last time you did something that you passionately believe in and put a huge effort into and gave your all and got really excited about creating? Think about that. Now think about how you’d feel if it was bashed in a national public forum by anonymous strangers.
It wouldn’t feel too good, huh?