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Information Today
Vol. 37 No. 2 — March 2020
You Need to Calm Down
by Brandi Scardilli

Did you watch Miss Americana, the documentary about Taylor Swift that’s on Netflix? It tracks her evolution from “good girl” who never shared controversial opinions to outspoken advocate for women and the LGBT+ community. Swift is someone who came to believe that she has a voice—and she feels obligated to use it. We non-famous folks can visit We the People, the White House’s petition-generation platform, to make our voices heard, as Nancy Herther details on page 6. But is the current administration even listening? Was President Obama?

Maybe you’ve already canceled your Netflix subscription to get Disney+? (Or, like me, you’re paying for both?) Anthony Aycock uses the Disney streamer as a jumping-off point for talking about censorship and librarians’ role in combating it (page 12). Gwen Gregory reviews Beyond Banned Books, which explores censorship issues and helps librarians prepare to deal with them (page 22).

We’ve got a couple of new series launching this issue: Chi Nwogu kicks off Games That Inspire Learning with a look at NBA Math Hoops, which simulates a basketball championship while teaching math fundamentals (page 17). And EContent writer Kashyap Kompella begins his column, AI Ethicist, with an introduction to the field of AI ethics (page 38).

Happy reading! Brandi Scardilli

Brandi Scardilli is Editor of Information Today and Newsbreaks. Send your comments about this article to
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