I never thought of the internet of the '90s in terms of its "imagined audience." One of [my] school librarians would recommend Google to [us] students, and I myself thought of it and the Web as a digital library.
Not anymore. Google, Facebook and other social media may be of public interest, but they're not a public service. They're commercial enterprises and publicly traded. Not a problem. Nonetheless, I agree with the professor when she notes the library (I'll emphasize public library) and librarians as another resource for research and information.
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