[FoRK] FactCheck.org: Sliming Palin

Stephen Williams 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.
> sdw
>> 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.
>> Cheers,
>> J. Andrew Rogers

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