Survey Reveals Growing Distrust of Social Media

A just-released Washington Post-Schar School Tech Survey reveals Americans are deeply suspicious of Big Tech, even as they engage in heavy use of their products.¬† Some key findings: 74% find targeted ads to be invasive. 73% view Big Tech’s data collection used for targeted ads as “an unjustified use of people’s private information”. Just 10%Continue reading “Survey Reveals Growing Distrust of Social Media”

Using TikTok in the Library: A Resource List

TikTok is Extremely Popular! Social media platform TikTok has seen tremendous expansion in the United States, growing almost 800% between January 2018 and June 2020, to approximately 100 million users! TikTok is particularly popular among young people, with Pew Research indicating roughly 50% of 18-29 year olds use the service. Given its popularity, libraries areContinue reading “Using TikTok in the Library: A Resource List”

Economics Professor Suggests Replacing Libraries with Amazon, is Promptly Destroyed on Twitter

On July 21, 2018, economics professor¬†Panos Mourdoukoutas wrote an article in Forbes suggesting that Amazon should replace libraries to save taxpayers money. I, like a vast majority of people within and outside of the profession found the idea poorly thought out and needlessly inflammatory. It would appear that little actual research went into the articleContinue reading “Economics Professor Suggests Replacing Libraries with Amazon, is Promptly Destroyed on Twitter”