A Mouse In The stacks
Billington, the Librarian of Congress, is considering a deal in which Disney would manage the reading rooms in the Jefferson Building. The idea is to install interactive exhibits in an attempt to lure "visitors" - not researchers by any means. Some of you might remember Disney's attempt to build a "historical" theme park/real estate development/shopping mall right next to the Manassas Battlefield. I shudder to envision what we're in for.
Look, you need the money. I get that, Billington by why Disney? All Coke-a-Cola wants is a few adds in the bathrooms and a couple of soda machines in the hallway. But Disney? Why not just start pimping out the Librarians.
Whenever the Mouse fuckers in Disneycorp get their hands on something, they bleed it dry; oversell it and then toss the rotting husk aside. (anyone been to Euro Disney?)
Wouldn't it be nice to live in a civilised country that actually funds it's cultural institutions instead of wasting 40 Bajillion dollars on a missile shield that doesn't work?
Note: This post was published on Friday but for some reason, only showed up in the RSS feed. So here it is for real.