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July 12, 2008

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Ed Webb

I love the vision of Google as melodramatic villain. But the same headline could be read as Marxist discourse: Google as exploitative capitalist, librarians as honest proletarians, used up and tossed on the slagheap of history. Post-industrial society must have a class dynamic, no? Google owns the means of dissemination, whereas librarians and other knowledge workers own only their own (knowledge) labor, and are thus vulnerable. Google has transcended its insurgent status and is a fully signed-up member of the global plutocracy. Complete with top hat, cane, and twirly mustache, of course - facial hair matters in both versions.

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