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Come with me…and you’ll be… in a world of pure imagination…

I’m not sure that I can sufficiently express my excitement at the prospect of this film being released. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is one of my favorite films of all time, and while I’m a bit concerned about remaking it (Gene Wilder is nearly perfect in the role…just a wonder of a performance) if anyone can pull it off it’s Depp. Burton can be a bit heavy handed at times, but this is definitely up his stylistic alley. As long as the psychedelia is included, and those rotten kids get what they deserve (esp. Veruca!) I’ll be sitting in the theater, face covered in chocolate.

By griffey

Jason Griffey is the Director of Strategic Initiatives at NISO, where he works to identify new areas of the information ecosystem where standards expertise is useful and needed. Prior to joining NISO in 2019, Jason ran his own technology consulting company for libraries, has been both an Affiliate at metaLAB and a Fellow and Affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, and was an academic librarian in roles ranging from reference and instruction to Head of IT at the University of TN at Chattanooga.

Jason has written extensively on technology and libraries, including multiple books and a series of full-periodical issues on technology topics, most recently AI & Machine Learning in Libraries and Library Spaces and Smart Buildings: Technology, Metrics, and Iterative Design from 2018. His newest book, co-authored with Jeffery Pomerantz, will be published by MIT Press in 2024.

He has spoken internationally on topics such as artificial intelligence & machine learning, the future of technology and libraries, decentralization and the Blockchain, privacy, copyright, and intellectual property. A full list of his publications and presentations can be found on his CV.
He is one of eight winners of the Knight Foundation News Challenge for Libraries for the Measure the Future project (, an open hardware project designed to provide actionable use metrics for library spaces. He is also the creator and director of The LibraryBox Project (, an open source portable digital file distribution system.

Jason can be stalked obsessively online, and spends his free time with his daughter Eliza, reading, obsessing over gadgets, and preparing for the inevitable zombie uprising.

2 replies on “Come with me…and you’ll be… in a world of pure imagination…”

With Johnny Depp as Wonka, and Burton directing … well, I’m exciting. I can’t see where it wouldn’t be wondrous, and just a tad creepy, which is just how it should be. And now you have “The Candy Man” tune stuck in my head. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was one of my favorite books growing up, and the movie caused me to be frightened of Oompa Loompas at a very young age. 😉

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