Banned Book Week: Propagandized and Lied to by Marian the Librarian, Part 2

In part 1, we argued that Banned Book Week was fundamentally misleading. We defined “banned” and questioned whether banning was actually a real problem in the United States. We questioned the lumping of “banned” with “challenged” books as a challenge was not fundamentally in itself a problem. We stipulated that “banning” in America, if it […]

Banned Book Week: Propagandized and Lied to by Marian the Librarian, Part 1

Last week was Banned Book Week.  This celebration, sponsored by a consortium of organizations including American Library Association,  wants people to realize that others challenge the availability of books.  The specter of “banning” and “censorship” causes a certain emotional reaction – bringing up pictures of wild-eyed mobs with torches or the “Fire Department” of Fahrenheit […]

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