Sunday, August 22, 2010

This is a follow up post to my Sunday Confessions.  Thank you to all the people who commented and voiced your opinions on this subject. I have lost a few followers but I've gained some as well. I am okay with that. I would rather you follow me because you like my blog and not for any other reason. Thanks for sticking with me! I promise I will not get too preachy. However I wanted to let you know about some cool book blog sites that are bringing attention to the censorship of books.

Adam from Roof Beam Reader has a Saturday Uncensored post.


 "This weekly post is meant to bring renewed attention to the still prevalently present practice (alliteration!) of challenging and censoring books - in our libraries, our schools, and elsewhere." - quote taken from Adam's blog

and

Donna from Bites is hosting Ban This!
Click on the button below to find out more info.



Bites



"As you may or may not be aware, the American Library Association's Banned Books Week is from September 25th to October 2nd this year. The short of the long of Banned Books Week is basically a national, week-long celebration of those books that have been challenged and/or successfully banned across the country." - quote taken from Donna' site





6 comments:

  1. You mean people actually STOPPED FOLLOWING YOU for that post? Oh well, I guess it was a good way of weeding out the very individuals you were talking about... :-)
    I for one thought it was an excellent post. Go you!
    Ellie @ Musings of a Bookshop Girl

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  2. Well, small minded people will always want to control what others read, think and do, who they love, marry. Censorship is a way for people who want power to stop people from seeing that. Censorship is a form of intellectual rape, power-based mental bigotry. Think of every dystopian world you have ever read; they all start with limiting the minds of others by controlling access to information. The phrase 'information is power has a reason for existing.' Think of how the church controlled the people by keeping the the Christian bible and the mass in Latin. They could tell you whatever they wanted and you had no info with which to counter. Then Gutenberg came along, and others who opened reading to others and - now we have secular art, music and writing. I ramble on and on. In my Library I have a quote on the soffit, something like this from HD Thoreau: Books are the carriers of civilization. "Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill."

    Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill.

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  3. Also attributed to Barbara Tuchman:
    “Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill. They are engines of change, windows on the world, lighthouses erected in the sea of time.”

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  4. I too am shocked -- and horrified -- that people would un-follow because of your last post. Who believes in censorship like that?! I'm thrilled to keep reading you -- thanks for speaking out.

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  5. Wait, the library is celebrating censorship??? What has happened to freedom of speech? And thses stupid parents probably have the worst kids out having sex and doing drugs just because their parents are making it more tempting by taking it away. They wanted to censor Twilight because of the sex. I ran and got my copy and looked for the sex because I missed it. And because of the religion. I didn't remember one church in those books. The only sex was after they were married and when they were vampires, I imagined it sounding like rock against rock. Not pleasant.

    You haven't lost anyone of worth if they left because of your post. We are book bloggers for God's sake! We are in support of books. Not censorship. We all recognize each other's different tastes and for the most part accept them. I am not too keen on some sites, but when Parajunkee has them on her Follow Fridays, I join and try to check back. I'm sorry you lost some bloggers, but when word spreads, you'll gain some. Truly angry, Heather

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  6. I appreciate all my followers. I have no idea why I got unfollowed. It could have been coincidental timing with my SC post. It is your choice who you follow and I feel honored that you chose to follow me.
    Thanks everyone!
    Marcie- To Read or Not To Read

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