Submitted by Blake on August 9, 2015 - 2:55pm
Harris Poll: Number of Americans Who Support Book Banning Increases
From The Guardian: "Are Americans Falling in Love with Censorship?
"[A] Harris poll of 2,244 US adults was released in July, revealing that, in the space of four years, the percentage of Americans believing that some books should be completely banned has increased by more than half. In 2011, 18% of those surveyed wanted some books banned; in 2015, 28% agreed with the assertion. Just under a half, 48%, said that no books should be banned, compared with 56% in 2011."
More in-depth breakdowns at The Guardian and Harris.
Submitted by Blake on May 19, 2015 - 11:44am
Submitted by Blake on May 18, 2015 - 12:58pm
That’s why one of college’s most important functions is to learn how to hear and deal with challenging ideas. Cocooning oneself in a Big Safe Space for four years gets it exactly backwards. “Safety” has been transformed by colleges from “protection from physical harm” to “protection from disturbing ideas.”
From Life Is Triggering. The Best Literature Should Be, Too. | The New Republic
Submitted by Bibliofuture on December 6, 2014 - 6:57pm
In September of last year, Chinese authorities announced an unorthodox standard to help them decide whether to punish people for posting online comments that are false, defamatory, or otherwise harmful: Was a message popular enough to attract five hundred reposts or five thousand views? It was a striking example of how sophisticated the Chinese government has become, in recent years, in restricting Internet communication—going well beyond crude measures like restricting access to particular Web sites or censoring online comments that use certain keywords. Madeline Earp, a research analyst at Freedom House, the Washington-based nongovernmental organization, suggested a phrase to describe the approach: “strategic, timely censorship.” She told me, “It’s about allowing a surprising amount of open discussion, as long as you’re not the kind of person who can really use that discussion to organize people.”
Full article - The World Cracks Down on the Internet
Submitted by Bibliofuture on October 21, 2014 - 4:59pm
Excerpt: The problem with Amazon’s market share isn’t just commercial, it is political. It is a legitimate topic of public concern. If Hachette chooses not to publish a book, even for political reasons, there are four other mammoth publishers and hundreds if not thousands of others that can bring it to the public. If Amazon chooses to bury a title, half the book buyers will not see it when they’re shopping for books. In my opinion, that’s not good for our democracy. I think this is a much more important question than how the pie is divided among author, publisher, and retailer.
Side note: If you are worried about Amazon censoring books be aware they are censoring monster erotica. Link to "On the Media" radio piece about this: http://www.onthemedia.org/story/amazons-war-bigfoot-erotica/
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Submitted by birdie on September 22, 2014 - 7:37pm
Tell us what your library is doing to celebrate.
Submitted by birdie on July 11, 2014 - 2:04pm
Where is it illegal to chew gum and/or be in a gay relationship? Singapore of course.
Story from NPR's The Two-Way Blog , interpret the name of the blog as you see fit.
The two books are And Tango Makes Three, inspired by two real male penguins who hatched an egg together, and The White Swan Express, about four couples — one of which is a lesbian couple — who travel to China to adopt baby girls. The books will be pulped, according to Time Magazine.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on June 6, 2014 - 1:44pm
Submitted by Blake on April 30, 2014 - 8:32pm
Here's [PDF] the Materials Review Committee Reconsideration of Materials Summary for 2013 from the Toronto Public Libraries... It lists a complaint against Hop on Pop... Encourages children to use violence against their fathers: Remove from collection and issue an apology to fathers in the GTA and pay for damages resulting from the book. "The children are actually told not to hop on pop. "
Submitted by Anonymous Patron (not verified) on April 29, 2014 - 4:54pm
<p> </p><p>From deathandtaxes.com:</p><p>"Parents in Idaho <a href="http://www.dailydot.com/geek/teen-policed-for-giving-away-absolutely-true-diary/" target="_blank">called the cops last week</a> on junior-high student Brady Kissel when she had the nerve to help distribute a book they’d succeeded in banning from the school curriculum.</p><p>The book in question was Sherman Alexie’s young adult novel “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.” Published in 2007, it won the National Book Award and has
Submitted by birdie on April 15, 2014 - 11:29am
Same as last year's...Captain Underpants.
Just as in 2012, the potty humor of the Captain Underpants series by Dav Pilkey brought the books to the top of the list. Other repeat offenders in the top ten included Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James and Looking for Alaska by John Green. The newcomers to the top ten were:
The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison (second place)
The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
A Bad Boy Can Be Good for A Girl, by Tanya Lee Stone
The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
Bless Me Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya
Bone (series), by Jeff Smith
The list was excerpted by Time Magazine from the State of America's Libraries Report 2014 [ALA].
Submitted by birdie on February 23, 2014 - 12:10pm
Here's the story via Melville House about a three year old childrens book that is ruffling some French feathers.
In a country where the banning of books is rare and mostly unheard of, France has recently experienced a spate of attacks by its politicians on the most liberal of French children’s books. Right-wing and even mainstream politicians have begun calling for the censorship of certain books in a trend that seems to reflect that “the domestic political system in France is under strain”, as Olivia Snaije noted for Publishing Perspectives.
In the most public example, the leader of the UMP, France’s main opposition party (which was previously led by President Nicolas Sarkozy), Jean-François Copé, appeared on French TV holding a copy of Tous à Poil (Everybody Gets Naked). Surely one of the sweetest ideas for a children’s book, Tous à Poil is a story in which everyone, the baby, the babysitter, the neighbour, the teacher and even the CEO get naked. The book’s authors, Claire Franek and Marc Daniau, explained they had written it in in order to show:
“Real bodies in natural situations from a child’s everyday life to counter the numerous images of bodies, often undressed, altered by Photoshop or plastic surgery, that are shown in ads or on the covers of magazines.”
Submitted by Blake on July 23, 2013 - 11:26am
What the UK government should be concentrating on is an effort to break the financial ties that hold the darknets together. Finding who holds the purse strings is a complex task, but it's a technique that's been proven to work time and time again. And perhaps it should also be noted that it's an approach that's well within the capabilities of the powerful surveillance tools that government security agencies have put in place to monitor social connections and financial traffic online as part of their efforts to combat terrorism.
Submitted by Lee Hadden on May 8, 2013 - 10:41am
Syria has largely disappeared from the Internet since May 7 at 2:45pm Eastern Time. Both Google and a Web security company called Umbrella Security Labs are indicating that the entire country of Syria may have been severed from the Internet. Google has a screen shot of Syria's Internet traffic at that time at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/files/2013/05/syria-google-taller.jpg
Who cut the Internet connections, whether the Syrian government, anti-government forces, or outside powers, in unknown at this time.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on April 16, 2013 - 10:56am
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Submitted by Bibliofuture on January 13, 2013 - 5:13pm
This volume collects four sharp philosophical essays by Ilan Stavans on the acquisition of knowledge in multi-ethnic environments, the role that dictionaries play in the preservation of memory, the function of libraries in the electronic age, and the uses of censorship. In the second part of the volume, Verónica Albin engages Stavans in a series of four conversations in which he expounds on the arguments he developed in the essays.