Trichordist readers dutifully demonstrated what happens when you ask the internet to help LOC chose a new Register of Copyrights.
A couple of days ago we reported that Dr Hayden the new Librarian of Congress is evidently planning on using an online Survey Monkey poll to determine the “attributes” of the new Register of Copyrights. We need a new Register of Copyrights because Dr Hayden in an apparent act of retaliatory constructive termination “reassigned” the last register to duties that included the Library gift shop, no joke. We pointed out how this went terribly wrong when the UK asked the internet to name their new royal research vessel. The internet named the new ship “RRS Boaty McBoatface.”
We conducted a similar poll and as predicted ended up with similar results. According to Trichordist readers the three top attributes of a new Register of Copyrights?
- Winged. Scales or Feathers. Doesn’t have to be capable of sustained flight but should be able to flap themselves off the ground for a few seconds at a time.
- Has a crane capable of launching deep sea submersibles.
- Has a faint tooth whistle when speaking.
But in all seriousness, we believe that selecting a new Register of Copyrights in this manner is not only reckless but likely be prone to fraud and abuse. Further it may very well go against US government rules on online polling and public comments. Congress should look into this matter.