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turning cream into butter

23 Jun

Frank Abagnale Sr:Two little mice fell in a bucket of cream. The first mouse quickly gave up and drowned. The second mouse, wouldn’t quit. He struggled so hard that eventually he churned that cream into butter and crawled out. Gentlemen, as of this moment, I am that second mouse. (Catch Me If You Can)

The NY Public Library was set to be that first mouse. I mean, what’s more antiquated than a library!? They store physical matter made out of paper for people to borrow in person. Do you see how many confounding notions of today’s reality are bound up in that sentence? (Answer key: Store. Physical matter. Paper. Borrow. In person). It should become extinct, just like newspapers and CDs…right?


This great article points out how the NYPL is becoming that second mouse (apps, games, e-library and crouwdsourcing projects), churning cream into butter and the internet into an opportunity. Something is in the air in NYC, with all these supposed dinosaur mediums and institutions thriving in our digitized age.



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