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July 14, 2007

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Good post... I see this right now (and for the past -- oh, my lifetime) impacting library collections policies. My local public library system had a huge war a number of years ago about the portion of the budget that could be spent for fiction. Then library director made a tough decision -- we *will* buy more fiction -- and staff had to deal with it. I'll have to look up that essay.

"Have the geeks gone mainstream, or is the mainstream just so big and ill-defined now that everything is mainstream?"

That's an interesting question. When I saw the TV Guide top cult shows, my first reaction was that many of these shows were too mainstream to have cult followings.

I wonder if the many ways people can now access content (hundreds of cable channels, online video rentals, online shopping, iTunes, etc.) have spread the mainstream out.

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