Censorship

Why do censorship halfway?

This editorial from the News Observer, regarding the partial censorship of reading materials in prisions is filled with sarcastic overtones.\"We\'d probably want to clear the shelves of most news magazines. Definitely The N&O and its competitors. And what about all these Harry Potter books that have the kids all jazzed? Must be dangerous. And I hear they are satanical. Oh and the Bill of Rights, that radical ol\' rag. Wouldn\'t want that to make the rounds.\"

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Give me whoopi or give me death

In a follow up to the Whoopi troubles in WI, JS Online has a
OP-ED piece that puts it all
into perspective. He says both sides over
reacted.

\"Society does this kind of thing all the
time. Kids can\'t go into a store and buy Playboy; they
can\'t see an R-rated movie by themselves; they can\'t
browse through the stacks at an adult bookstore.
Computers and cable television have lockout options
that try to keep pornography away from children.

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Find constitutional ways to keep kids safe online

Freedomforum has a nice Story that goes over some legal issues facing us in The US.

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First Amendment experts urged a special study committee yesterday not to seek to protect children against Internet pornography by recommending measures that fail to pass constitutional muster.

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ALA Erotica program

Someone sent in this: \"Found this following a link from the American Family Association site. Call to action against ALA.

Librarians Discuss Stocking Erotica \"

From the story

\"Public universities appear to be taking the lead in developing erotica collections, but many community librarians have now been emboldened by the ALA seminar.

To make matters worse, the ALA favors giving children the same access to explicit materials that is afforded adults.

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Goldberg biography will stay on shelf

Story sent in by Bob Cox from
JSOnline on
the Muskego-Norway WI School Board vote on a
Whoopi Goldberg biography containing racial epithets
.

\"In an emotionally charged two-hour hearing
Monday night, parents Richard and Beth Kania and
their supporters delivered impassioned pleas to
School Board members, asking them to remove the
unauthorized biography the Kanias had described as
\"enough to ruin the innocence of any 14-year-old.\"

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Censorship and libraries

The Keene Sentinel ran this editorial about censorship in libraries.\"Well, in Nashua, library officials have installed computer-filtering software to prevent anyone of any age from exposure to materials they deem inappropriate. And that\'s not judgment; it\'s censorship.\"

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Top 100 Banned Books

ALA\'s List of the most banned or challenged books of the 90\'s is out. And the top 5 are...


1. Daddy’s Roommate by Michael Willhoite


2. Scary Story (Series) by Alvin Schwartz


3. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou


4. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain


5. The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier

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Czechs Try to Ban Hitler\'s Book

Book Wire has this article about the forced pulling of Mein Kampf from bookstores in the Czech Republic. Will the libraries be next?\"Bookshops throughout the Czech Republic have been raided by police confiscating copies of a new edition of Mein Kampf that has become one of the best-selling books in the country in a decade.\"

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Rejected Book Gives Library a headache

This is an interesting story from the Toledo Blade. A library rejected a donation of a biography of Martha Sanger (an abortion-rights activist) that it saw to be \"badly written...comes across as a polemic, not a biography\". Four years later, the donator is crying censorship.
\"Ironically, the author of the book, Dr. George Grant, sees nothing wrong with the library\'s decision to not carry his book. \"Institutions are full of agendas. Libraries are run by humans, so they will always reflect a particular bent,\" Dr. Grant said.

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UCSD\'s BURN server shut down

Rory Litwin
writes \"After seven years online, the UCSD
Communication department chair Carol
Padden has censored the project hosted at
burn.ucsd.edu. She has made
her decision against the wishes of the majority of
department faculty
and graduate students and without consulting or even
informing any of
the department faculty or students involved with the
project, reportedly
under pressures from the UC president Richard
Atkinson. No explanation
or justification for the shutdown was given, nor was any
opportunity
for a hearing or reconsideration of the decision. Host
records were
simultaneously removed from campus DNS servers,
rendering burn.ucsd.edu
nonexistent. Only a few hours advance warning was
given to BURN! project
representatives, leaving them no way to even contact
most system users
to inform them of what had happened or to arrange for
moving to another
address.


http://libr.org/Juice/issues/vol3/LJ_3.23.html#15

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