We still can’t believe that Jon Ronson is coming to Fairfield! In just one week, on Tuesday, March 8, the author of So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed, The Psychopath Test, Them and more will be at the Regina A. Quick Center for the Performing Arts at Fairfield University.
We do hope you can join us at 7 PM. There are still some places left in the audience, and we guarantee that you will not want to miss this outstanding speaker.
Now, a note from Nicole, Teen Librarian and One Book One Town Co-Chair:
Hey Fairfield! I hope you are as excited as I am that Jon Ronson is coming to town! It is always an honor to serve on the OBOT committee each year. We take our work very seriously, we always do our best to bring something to the town that will spark a community conversation, and I believe there are very few topics as timely as the way we live our digital lives, and how much of a reflection that is of who we are in our ‘analog,’ day-to-day existence as humans on this planet.
Like many librarians, I am also a (slightly accidental) technologist. To do my job well, I have to learn and use and teach all kinds of internet stuff. I’ve seen that, for better or worse, each new gadget or app we opt to incorporate into our lives has a massive effect on how we operate and in many cases, how we interact with each other. Our ongoing digital ‘revolution’ is miraculous and terrifying, but we are witnessing just another radical shift in a long line of them. As a student of tech history (yes, there is a such a thing, and it is utterly fascinating!) I think this love/hate relationship with our tools of communication can be seen in the evolution of many human innovations stretching back to things we don’t even consider as ‘technology’ anymore, from cave paintings to the creation of language and writing, to the rise (and sometimes fall) of the telegraph, the telephone, radio and television. The issues presented in this year’s book aren’t new to these times, but instead long-standing, universal, and relevant to our entire history as a species.
I think we all have something to gain by reading this timely book, even if we think we’ve rejected the latest versions of what we today call social media. (By the way: Not one of us really can ignore this stuff, even if we aren’t tweeting or sending snaps. The effect these tools have had on our culture has been too seismic for even the most ardent Luddite to ignore…)
But enough about that.
I’m really excited about this year’s OBOT for many, many reasons, but this one might surprise you. Those of you who have ever run into me at the library know that I’m a big movie and TV nerd. And Mr. Ronson was the co-screenwriter of one of my favorite movies of 2014, which was loosely based on his own experiences with the Frank Sidebottom Band. Here is the trailer from this fantastic and surreal film, Frank, which, of course, you can borrow from the library:
And there is your fill of absurdity for the day. On that note, I hope to see you all next week at the Quick Center!
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