perlmonger: (censorship)
I wasn’t going to post anything about the current LJ madness triggered by a bunch of homophobic, racist, willfully ignorant scumbags (warning: following that link will risk your computer picking up malware), but I couldn’t not link to Hanne Blank’s open letter to LJ/SixApart as an antidote. The woman she speak sense; would that more people on this planet did so.
perlmonger: (books)
Via [ profile] diablochicken, I find that the fine citizens of Marshall, Missouri are complaining about feelthie peectures in a couple of graphic novels their library board had the temerity to purchase.

Same old same old, of course. I wouldn’t have bothered mentioning it but for one quote from a Concerned Citizen that just sums the whole thing up:
“It’s not a matter of censorship,” John Raines of Marshall said, “but a matter of looking out for our kids.”
Well, that’s all right then; after all, the worst might happen:
“I don’t want seedy people coming into the library and moving into our community,” Aulgur said.

ETA: and TheBeat informs us that a Texan family want Fahrenheit 451 removed from their daughter’s school curriculum. Because of the cussin’ and the Bible burning (do they think it’s in favour of book burning?). Oh, and because of the firemen (eh?). That the book was assigned by the school, apparently coincidentally, during Banned Books Week is an irony that may escape the family...
perlmonger: (1984)
nice deconstruction of The Times channeling the Home Office on Part III of RIPA, which would give the state the power to demand people hand over their private keys.

ETA: and ORG links to another Times article telling us that the BBFC wants to start censoringclassifying content on the net. How are they going to do that then, Ted?


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