Notes from An Alien

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Do People Still Burn Books?


We’ve done 15 posts on libraries here in the last year and a half and I know we’ll have more.

Well, there’s a library in Troy, Michigan, USA that was facing a funding crunch and thought it might have to close its doors.

The Troy Public Library posted an article with the details of their funding issue (worth reading in itself) and the first comment to that article was:

Submitted by John (not verified) on Wed, 07/06/2011 – 08:44.

“I haven’t been to the library in over 15 years. Who needs it? Homeless people, people from other cities, etc. Everyone I know has the internet. The city employees are overpaid and their pension and retirement plans are much too generous! Have them all take a 20% pay cut with no pension until 65 years of age and then see if we have the money!”

The next comment said:

Submitted by Connor (not verified) on Fri, 07/22/2011 – 10:58.

“Yes, we should take great heed in someone’s opinion about a service they haven’t USED IN 15 YEARS. Have you had a house fire in the last fifteen years? No? Okay then, get rid of that USELESS fire department!

“Lol.”

Things looked dim and politically certain until an Ad Agency stepped in and produced a video.

Reverse psychology did the trick :-)


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