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- Subject: Orphans, etc.
- From: Joseph Esposito <email@example.com>
- Date: Fri, 28 Oct 2011 20:31:18 EDT
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What grim and dark mood has fallen on this thread? Here we have David Prosser: "It's interesting and maybe tells us something in addition to list participants stating their opinions. Of course, when such studies reinforce our prejudices we cite them; when they don't, we invent charming analogies to show why they can't possibly be true." I think the proper response to this statement is "Speak for yourself." I am astonished by this display of cynicism about sources and citations on a list dedicated to librarianship and scholarly communications. And here we have Jean-Claude: "It is true that print has transformed documents into merchandise, into goods; that does not mean that other forms of value are not present. Henry James' novels were sold less and less as he grew older. By Joe Esposito's criterion, Henry James' novels were worth nothing or little more than nothing for a while before coming back to some (moderate) level of (commercial) value more recently." Of course, I never said or thought any such thing. And to use my personal favorite, Henry James, as a shibboleth is cruel. What I did say is that asking people to pay an economic price when they themselves have no economic benefit is not realistic. Gentlemen, lighten up! I am with Lambeth Strether: "Live! Live all you can!" Joe Esposito Joseph J. Esposito Portable CEO firstname.lastname@example.org @josephjesposito +Joseph Esposito