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Saturday, June 29, 2013

MooPig Home School Department :: "Book Bannings"

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Redistributed by Pat Darnell  |  June 29, 2013  |  Bryan TX

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15 Classic Children’s Books That Have Been Banned In America: "6. Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank When: 2010 Why: Forget anti-semitism; the 50th Anniversary “Definitive Edition’” was instead banned by a Virginia school because of its “sexual content and homosexual themes.” Additionally, the book was previously banned by several schools in the United States because it was “too depressing.” Most recently, in May of 2013, a Michigan mom tried to get the book banned due to its “pornographic tendencies.”"

'via Blog this'

If I ever finish my animatronic auto-biographic rampage novel, it will be banned. It will be banned more likely because of the cover art that I will put on it, than for my double-entendre with intent to dissuade and metabolise confusion. But isn't every writer like this?

Judgment day is upon us, and the book censors are avid for information that can ruin a publisher's days. I think just yesterday, "marriage" was expanded in the legal sense, but Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl is banned as late as 2013 for “sexual content and homosexual themes.”

Who are they; the book censors? How do they know so much about "pornographic tendencies?" Do they spend lots of time on and doing research on what constitutes pornography? I think so.

It is difficult for me to not take sides with this issue. Book banning is Fascism ... pretty clear on this historically and sociologically. It is up to the reader to decide if the information in a book is valid for them; not for someone else to decide for a reader what ideas are valid.

" ... The Irish Censorship of Publications Board was established in 1929 ... to examine and restrict ‘obscene’ publications. Liam O’Flaherty’s The House of Gold ... [became] the first novel to succumb to the censors’ will in 1930 for allegedly being indecent- greed, priestly lust, alcoholism, sexual frustration, and murder are among the themes in the novel. ...However, the 2013 release of The House of Gold will mark the first time this book has been freely available in Ireland in more than 83 years. (June 22, 2013 R. Wolf Baldassarro. LINK) ... "

We millions, as journalists, bloggers if you will, proclaim our right to non-censored society. If you, reader, are tired of your 3-year old saying "fuck" all the time, it doesn't mean you can censor that expression from existence. Yes, the F-word appears in Shakespeare plays: and besides your toddler will grow out of it once you become mature enough to handle your kid.
The Rape of Lucrece. (Shakespeare.)
"To fill with worm-holes stately monuments,
To feed oblivion with decay of things,
To blot old books and alter their contents,
To pluck the quills from ancient ravens' wings."

So, push back the boundaries in all media venues, oh brave Bloggers! And, hey, book banning Fascists, thanks for the warnings, but you can take your censoring on a long walk off a short pier.
" ... For the most part there will always be artistic freedom with our without the consent or guarantee by the state because there will always be those who take up the task of pushing the boundaries of thought. If there weren’t then music, movies, graphic art, and literature would all cease to exist and we become mindless sheep. Artists do not live in self-sustaining bubbles. ... "
"... Those with the power to decide what goes into the public arenas must continue to have the courage to support those things that push into uncomfortable areas. If artistic expression is worth keeping then it must be defended at all costs and against every attack. (ibid. 2013 R. Wolf Baldassarro) ... "



Pribek said...

Pornography is the fly in the free speech ointment. The courts have been trying to define it for hundreds of years with language like: material that tended to "deprave and corrupt those whose minds are open to such immoral influences" and "patently offensive" and "utterly without redeeming social value".

These attempts at definitions open up lots of cans of obscene little depraved worms. Added to that, it's not at all in the corporatacrosy's interests to deem something pornographic and ban it...opiate of the masses and all that.

So, what I'm getting to is that book banning is generally localized and almost always HI-Larious. I was in Sayre, Oklahoma one time when they had just banned "The Grapes of Wrath" because it "makes people from Oklahoma look stupid".

But, Sayre was also the home town of Roger Miller...point being that anyone can learn anything anywhere. Personally, I advocate home schooling and the Trivium.

Carpe Meridianus!

Patrick Darnell said...

Yes. Ask any old carpenter, 3-4-5 right triangle is basis of human knowledge. If you consider modeling our highest achievement to date, that is.

Our best hope is that we achieve happiness to a high degree, eh?

Pribek said...

"Our best hope is that we achieve happiness to a high degree, eh?"

Yes yes yes...but, I think that Grammar (tools really) logic and rhetoric can help to that end.

I fall officially at the edge of the baby boom generation (born in '64). I'm a cusp boomer. My parents were born at the dawn of the depression. I was exposed to grammar, logic and rhetoric to some degree and, looking back at it, more so at home than school. My parents were sent to the early versions of schools designed to crank out compliant worker bees but, the methods weren't yet as reined and the practices not yet wholly embraced.

As for my public school years, I don't recall any focus on rhetoric particularly. If you look in to the handful of top prep schools that have churned out our presidents since say...Eisenhower and the lion's share of true movers and shakers, there is a strong emphasis on rhetoric still today. One must be able to state a case properly in order to have success.

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