What's interesting today

The New York Times Opinion Pages: Stop the Great Firewall of America
This is why you should care about two bills in Congress right now, SOPA and PROTECT-IP. The third paragraph sums it up nicely. Once you’ve read this please visit the EFF and write to your reps in Congress.

American Libraries: On My Mind: An unplugged space
This is an interesting column that proposes that libraries create “Walden zones,” a communication-free area where people can disconnect from their gadgets.

Radical Reference: Alternative Guide to Dallas
The librarians of the North Texas Radical Reference Collective put together a cool map of cool places to go in Dallas during the Midwinter meeting, including vegan restaurants and other neat places to check out.

 

What's interesting today

PC World: Barnes & Noble Unveils $249, 7-Inch Nook Tablet
This product is in direct competition with the Kindle Fire, and B&N is not shying away from that fact. I’m interested to see where the tablet marketplace goes once these have been out for a while, since it seems like Apple is one of the only computer manufacturers who has had success with a tablet-as-smaller-computer angle. For people who are really only interested in a tablet for media consumption, this might be the better and more affordable type of product.

Washington Post: Nook Tablet, Amazon Kindle Fire ‘mini-tablets’ will shake up market
This is exactly what I was thinking when I read the PC World article above.

Wired: Clive Thompson on Why Kids Can’t Search
It’s nice to see this discussion come up someplace outside of the library sphere.