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Monday, December 6, 2004

Want To Be A Librarian? Got To Know RSS!

Chris Pirillo just sent me an instant message pointing to a short post he had just made about a TV movie in which characters talk about RSS. He wrote:
"The main character, Flynn, played by Noah Wyle, is interviewing for a job as "The Librarian." When asked about what he knows, the guy rambles off a series of seemingly-random information manipulation skills - including knowledge of the Dewey Decimal system, how to search the Web, and (here's where I had to do a double-take) set up an RSS feed.


Unreal. Totally unreal. I could be wrong, but I'd say that this is a first. Hearing about syndication in a news broadcast is one thing, but actually hearing it used in dialogue - in CONTEXT - is true legitimacy. To those who initially scoffed at the power of RSS, I say to you: enjoy your next Salisbury Crow TV dinner."



After having read his post, I was curious enough myself to know more about how mainstream RSS has really gone into the TV public's mind, and so I IM'ed back how great it would have been to be able to get a transcript of what he had heard. He replied: "I want the MP3".

I didn't have enough time to finish writing another post online that Chris was back with the MP3 he was looking for. Not only he had been able to record it himself through the immediate rerun that TNT broadcast.
Here it is.

Well, while Chris expresses quite clearly in his own terms the relevance of this mention in gauging the grwoing acceptance of this revolutionary technology, what the character in the TV movie say comes essentially down to this:

Knowing how to create RSS feeds will be soon as important to librarians as knowing the Dewey Decimal Classification System.

Librarians are you ready?

Reference: Chris Pirillo [ Read more ]
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posted by Robin Good on Monday, December 6 2004, updated on Tuesday, May 5 2015

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