"Techno-fundamentalism"! "Pseudo-anonymity"! I love it! Looks like my friend Alison from the Grey Lynn Library has a nose for finding cool sessions -- or maybe Aleks Krotoski's cat tweeted her cat about it!
The session was chaired by Toby Manhire, who steered the conversation in a thoughtful, reasoned manner. This was necessary because Aleks is prone to embarking on the most exquisite and lengthy tangents.
Aleks spoke of falling into the traps of techno-fundamentalism and pseudo-anonymity. She also spoke of the joy of finding romance online (which she insists she hasn’t done). The concept that resonated with me was the serendipity of the web: those happy accidents traditionally associated with the act of browsing in a rich medium like a library. Aleks has designed a serendipity engine and it is producing surprising results. No wonder she was named one of the “Top Ten Girl Geeks” by CNET in 2006.
Oh, and her cat has a twitter account too. (@spartapuss)
-- Alison, Grey Lynn Library
Untangling the Web : what the virtual revolution is doing to you by Aleks Krotoski.