Questioning assumptions

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In a blog post Barbara Fister (2014) reports on the Adobe Digital Editions privacy fiasco (Hoffelder, 2014).  As eye-opening as the revelations are, the post also impresses me in its questioning of assumptions.

Fister (2014) refuses to assume that library users don’t care about privacy.  “Show me the evidence,” she writes, “that they really, truly, have no problem with all kinds of people knowing what pages they’re read from all of the books they have borrowed. . .” (para. 3, bullet point 3).

Then Fister (2014) questions the digital natives stereotype (para. 3, bullet point 3).   The idea that all people of a certain age engage with technology in the same way neglects other social, cultural,  and economic factors (Lanclos, n.d., para. 5).

Most importantly Fister (2014) refuses to take for granted that such privacy breaches are simply the future.  Unquestioning acceptance of “progress” can lead to a self-fulfilling prophecy (para. 3, bullet point 3).

As I am still learning about the Adobe Digital Editions issue, I may have to question some of my own assumptions.  Still, examining assumptions is a part of information literacy (ACRL, 2014, p. 1).


Association of College & Research Libraries (2014). Framework for information literacy for higher education: Draft 3.  Retrieved from

Fister, B. (2014, October 9). The reader has no clothes [Blog post]. Retrieved from

Hoffelder, N. (2014, October 6). Adobe is spying on users, collecting data on their ebook libraries [Blog post]. Retrieved from

Lanclos, D. (n.d.). How I learned to stop worrying about digital natives and love V&R [Blog post]. Retrieved from