1984 and Brave New LIS

I have been describing library and information science as an understanding and study of the information communication chain for several years now. More recently, I have promoted the effusive declaration that LIS underpins civilized society; no organization and access to information, no civilization. Having the good fortune to have been working in China earlier this year, I was naively stunned when I couldn’t access twitter there – it’s so easy to take for granted that we can make our own decisions about what we read and write isn’t it?

This lovely infographic (not mine, linked to authors) Orwell vs Huxley, reminds me of why I study and teach LIS; facilitating understanding of the information communication chain at least allows us to know what is out there, even if it is not allowed.