Friday, February 6, 2015
#37 / Marion The Librarian (Updated)
If you don't know The Music Man you won't understand my title. You can get acquainted or reacquainted right here, by clicking the link.
If you haven't recently visited one of the library branches in the Santa Cruz City-County Library system you won't recognize the newest "librarian" now available to check you out. Her picture is on the right.
As long as the world is populated with actual human beings, it might make sense to structure the "human" world that we create by allowing such human beings to play a real role in making the place work.
Librarians have always done that. Not so much, now, in the City and County Library system.
To cite another example, visitors to a new city have almost always, in the past, had to converse with actual human beings to answer their questions and to direct them to the City Hall (or to the Library) or to some other point of interest or importance.
Just raising the question: is the world we are creating better (or worse) now that we are eliminating actual flesh and blood human beings from the positions that make it work?
You know, like the optometrist asks you in the annual exam I hope you get, to make sure your vision stays tip top:
"Is this clearer? Or, this?"
Is a real human being better? Or is this digital substitute better?
What do they say on Fox News?