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L.A. city unions reach landmark agreement, take to the streets on Saturday to rally organized labor
Alice Goff, president of AFSCME Local 3090
Tom Morello, guitarist for Rage Against the Machine & an organized labor advocate
James P. Hoffa, president, International Brotherhood of Teamsters
1:41 – 1:58:30
Should physical book & e-book sales be protected from the elusive danger of library e-book checkouts?
When a library buys a book, it buys it once. This was the case for e-books as well. Now, HarperCollins is making its e-books expire for libraries after 26 checkouts. In other words, it’s treating an e-book like an e-subscription to a magazine, such that the library never actually owns the book outright. And libraries are outraged; some are even boycotting all HarperCollins books, which include those by Anne Rice, Sarah Palin, and Michael Crichton. Libraries claim that, as demand for e-books skyrockets, they cannot afford to re-buy e-books. HarperCollins, which is owned by Rupert Murdoch, claims that this move is necessary to protect e-book retail sales, physical book sales, and brick-and-mortar bookstores. Do you think that all publishers should take this move to protect book sales? Or do you side with libraries, which are already pinched for money as state budgets are slashed across the country? Would you like to see the price of e-books be kept from going too low or do you see e-books as a natural progression that should not be tampered with?
NOTE: ~3/21/11 LAT article (since Murdoch owns HarperCollins): Murdoch’s new #2, named Chase Carey, motto: "everyone pays." He’s demanding “subscription payments, whether at the wholesale level from cable TV operators or local TV stations, or at the retail level from individuals paying for iPad newspaper subscriptions” (LAT). Treating an e-book as like an e-subscription to a magazine, such that you never really own it outright the way you own a printed book, fits this pattern.
Michael Johnson, chief potential officer, Full Potential Associates, a strategic consulting firm that specializes in the blend between technology, publishing, and education
Deb Czarnik, Library Manager for Technical Services and Collection Development,
2:06 – 2:30
All we do is win: The American (in)equality mentality
William Dean Howells once said, “Inequality is as dear to the American heart as liberty itself.” However, inequality seems to be a non-issue in the
Chrystia Freeland, global editor-at-large at Thomson Reuters
Leslie McCall, sociology professor and fellow at the Institute for Policy Research at
- She is finishing a book on American attitudes about income inequality, economic opportunity and redistribution.
2:30 – 2:58:30
It’s your funeral: Choosing Burial Practices
“I’m not dead yet.” Aside from being a famous quote from the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, this idea speaks to the conundrum many people encounter as they choose their funeral today. There are many funeral choices: you can be buried in an environmentally friendly way, frozen in time, burnt into ashes, or embalmed. These choices reflect the social and cultural environment of the times: in what other era could you find a “green burial” of a wealthy patron? Keith Eggener studies the history of the American cemetery, and discusses the interaction between the dead and living as we think about our last resting place.
Keith Eggener, associate professor of American Art and Architecture at the
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