Well, our friends in pop culture continue to perpetuate tired stereotypes of libraries and librarians. The new kid on the block is MTV‘s Silent Library. Oooh, interesting! A reality show based around a library?
Actually its a game show where contestants have to be silent while their friends and competitors perform wise-cracking pranks. What about the title? Doesn’t it have anything to do with libraries? Well that’s just it.
Aside from being filmed in a room with books (again, is this all there is to libraries?), the library connection is “SILENCE.”
Yeah. Thanks, MTV for maintaining last century’s. Apparently to MTV, the defining characteristic of a library is that it is absolutely silent. I wonder if the show hosts hold up their index fingers and “shush.”