[FoRK] FactCheck.org: Sliming Palin
sdw at lig.net
Wed Sep 10 18:18:45 PDT 2008
Not to suggest that anyone attempting to ban books shouldn't be bounced
from public office with all possible expediency...
I would never ever vote for such a person or anyone they were connected to.
Stephen Williams wrote:
> J. Andrew Rogers wrote:
>> On Sep 10, 2008, at 5:08 PM, Stephen Williams wrote:
>>> I've never actually known anyone who, as far as I know, advocated
>>> banning books.
>> They never "ban" books, they simply exercise editorial control over
>> what the local government supports. This is an ubiquitous practice
>> on both the right *and* the left in local library politics, from one
>> end of the country to the other, nor is it uncommon for some local
>> constituency complain about some book or other and if they make
>> enough noise about it that the government relents. This political
>> pressure comes from many different ideological angles.
> Whatever. It's all moot now.
> Thank * for the Internet. And thank *' for pretty much preventing
> censorship effectiveness in any reasonable net connection outside of
> China. And the money that the porn / film / video game industry has
> pulled in has probably made that cat way too large to ever put back
> into a bag again. And if that cat can't be herded, it's likely that
> little else will be. Beyond possibly-useful-to-terrorists scientific
> information, which is a shame but probably pretty limited and mostly
> futile. Although chemistry sets or some suitable replacement
> seriously needs to make a comeback.
> We'll have to fight this stuff all over again in the nano-assembler
> and pocket drug/DNA/virus assembler ages. Now those will be
> interesting times.
>> Someone has to make subjective decisions about the merits of what is
>> and should be in their book inventory since there is a pretty
>> significant churn, so it is pretty much inevitable that the selection
>> reflects the biases of the person making those decisions.
>> J. Andrew Rogers
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