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The Next Great War

While tubin’ the you I decided to see what the #1 hit is for “Library”. Turns out that it is a clip for an anime called, Toshokan Sensou, which translated into English is Library War. Obviously, being immediately intrigued I looked for a summary of some sort and stumbled upon this:

In the year 2019, the explosion of information and misinformation became a direct threat to society. In a daring decision, it was decided to create a new government agency dedicated solely to information management. Now some thirty years later, the government still monitors and controls information, suppressing anything they find undesirable, but standing against their abuses of power are the libraries, with their special agents called ‘the book soldiers.’ http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=895

Wow, that has to be the greatest science fiction idea ever concocted; except it isn’t fiction. In many parts of the world and throughout history tyrants, dictators, leaders, and the like have and are controlling and manipulating information. On certain levels it happens in the US as well. Is there a US library war going on right now? Maybe not a war, but a clash of ideas, information, intelligence, security, etc.

Shortage of librarians? Not a problem, just reinstate the draft.

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