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I just finished Silicon Snake Oil by Clifford Stoll.  It is an entire
meditation on the impact of technology and networks on society.  His main
question is: How do technology and networks truly help in our society?  He goes
on to suggest that in his experience, technology and networks do not bring
people closer together, rather, they reduce relationships.  In his final
chapter (40 pages), he presents some strong arguments in support of libraries.
He questions the present direction of education, libraries and the Internet.
This book has been much discussed in Technology circles, but not sure if it has
made it's way around LM_NET readers.  It makes for some thoughtful reading.

Rob Darrow
Library Media Teacher
Alta Sierra Intermediate School
Clovis, CA

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