9 / 9 (100%) of NJ Librarians Never heard of "TPP, the Trans Pacific Partnership"
Yesterday, and the day before, I interacted with librarians in Avon, NJ, regarding my anti-TPP-Ignorance flyer. Today I added 2 librarians in Belmar, NJ, 2 in Bradley Beach, NJ, and 3 in Wall, NJ to the list.
I didn't bring my tablet, so there's no video evidence of what I found out. If you don't want to take my word for it, that'd be a good thing if you grabbed your own tablet or cell phone, and did your own video survey where you live, and then posted the video and summarized your findings.
As per my title, not a single librarian I spoke to knew what the TPP, Trans Pacific Partnership is.
Last night, I heard about 45 minutes of the anti-TPP InterOccupy/Popular Resistance/ Green Party Shadow Conference call (I would have listened to more, but the connection seems to have failed), and there was still no concern voiced about quantitative metrics re educating the public about TPP......
In light of what I, and others, keep finding about the depths of TPP Ignorance amongst the public, is this any surprise? As we're fighting a kind of "war", shouldn't we have "operational awareness", such that we have a clue whether or not we're basically "preaching to the choir"? If "the choir" was, say, even 25% of the public, that might suffice, but "the choir" is probably more like 7-9% of the population - tops.
On the plus side: While in the minority, some supermarkets and even post offices have bulletin boards that you can post to, without anybody censoring you, up front.
Also, it turns out you need a permit to pass out flyers, even on the sidewalk, in my town, but the fee is only $30. Not a lot of money, if you have a decent job.
Finally, I stopped at a barbershop, hoping to leave a couple of flyers by the waiting area, and the owner pro-actively suggested that I post to his window. I'm thinking barber shops and beauty parlors are great places to leave information. Even though they're privately owned, they're mostly Mom and Pop type of operations.
Today I asked the TPP question to a bookseller at Barnes and Noble, while standing next to the information desk. (The bookseller guy was actually outside the desk, so I don't really know if he's the "go to" guy for questions.) He had not a clue as to TPP.
I next asked the reference librarian at the Monmouth County Library in Shrewsbury, NJ. She answered that she didn't know, though in our subsequent conversation, it turned out that she was aware that it had been covered on the Ed Schultz program on msnbc. We didn't get into how it was that she didn't recall any details, before I made way for the person who had gotten in line, behind me.