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Aug. 24th, 2010 @ 11:43 pm Dear Portland Public LIbrary
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Date:August 25th, 2010 10:54 am (UTC)
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I have a good friend who is the head of children's and teens' services in a small city library program, and I feel that this slippery-slope argument isn't accurate to her experiences or her efforts.
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Date:August 26th, 2010 03:47 am (UTC)
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It's not really a slippery slope argument. I just think it's the worst form of self-delusion to pretend that bringing teens into a library to play video games means they will trip over a book and suddenly start reading. Or that playing video games is a form of literacy. (The preponderance of evidence shows exactly the opposite: there's a strong correlation between video activities and a lowered "creative IQ" in young kids.) Gaming is more of an activity that a teen center should be sponsoring, and a teen librarian (I really loathe that term)might want to think of ways to connect kids to books, because they do, after all, read books. I think the idea of "luring" them with games kind of insults their intelligence.

But I would be glad to be proved wrong. What is your friend's experience?