Censorship is as censorship does

Posted: June 23, 2008 in Uncategorized

I find articles like this incredibly irritating. Someone decides he doesn’t like certain books so he declares them “garbage” worthy of being burned. Then he opens up comments and others list books they’d throw onto the pyre.

And, incidentally, I found the photo accompanying the article upsetting and disturbing (below)..

The irritating part is one man’s garbage is another man’s treasure. Whether or not you enjoy a book is highly subjective and personal. I find the elitism of this article insulting, but I thought I’d send the link so you can judge for yourself:

From The (London) Times:

“Burning is too good for them”

burning.jpg

Here’s a bunch of stuff we were all told we had to read by the political and cultural climate of the day; because it would be good for us and because, way beyond this, it was our responsibility to start patronising writers from minorities because it was only the oppressive white male cultural hegemony that kept them in an ethnic- or gender-defined ghetto. ”

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