Link Smorgasbord, December 2 - 8

After Snowden, we're self-censoring and we don't care
I do really care, and the fact that this article is over all pretty spot on is just more frustrating. 

Heavy metal shows piracy is not killing music, offers new business model
This isn't the first article along these lines I've encountered, in fact, I come across articles about piracy helping music sales quite often.  This one just happens to feature a band I really like.  :D

Data Portraits: Connecting People of Opposing Views
A paper on popping the filter bubble and exposing people to differing points of view.  "The motivation behind our research is: can we take advantage of user engagement with recommendations to indirectly promote connection to people of opposing views?"  I find this a really interesting topic and the full text is available.

Copyright Takedown Requests to Google Have Doubled Since Last Year
That's a lot of take down requests we're talking about.

The gentle art of cracking passwords
Perhaps this article is a broken record to some of you, if it isn't you should read it and others until you take it to heart.  To quote Spaceballs "1, 2, 3, 4, 5?  That's the kind of thing an idiot would have on his luggage!"

Library Of Congress Reports 75% Of All U.S. Silent Films Are Lost 
A rather unpleasant reminder of how much art we've lost.  In this case it's more than just orphaned works lost due to copyright, but works lost due to lack of preservation or deliberate destruction (old silver nitrate film was often recycled).

Bad sex award goes to Manil Suri and his shoals of atomic nuclei 
Probably one of my favorite literary awards.

MA Libraries Legislative Agenda 
This is a bit near and dear to my heart, but it is also probably one of the more attractive and easy to follow presentations of a legislative agenda by an organization I've come across.

Sex and the Middle-Aged Librarian 
This one was specifically forwarded to me by Ann (thank you!) because she knew I would find it interesting.  She was right.  This is a great discussion on sex in teen literature that I think is worth the read.

UMass Amherst Libraries Join HathiTrust Partnership 
Awesome for those who are interested in digital preservation and access to works.

DO THIS DON'T: Take Yourself To The Library And Get A Library Card 
Can't say I was ever aware that it was cool to not have a library card, but then I've never really been one of the cool kids.  Still, it is an enthusiastic endorsement of libraries in a non-library publication and by a non-library professional.

Your Facebook friends may be evil bots 
Dun-dun-dunnnnnnnn!  Or, in the words of Professor Moody, exercise "Constant Vigilance!"


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