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Feedback Friday: How do you respond to censorship?

censorshipAccording to Time magazine (9-28-08), “the American Library Association has sponsored Banned Books Week to pay tribute to free speech and open libraries” since 1982. For hundreds of years, individuals and groups have tried to have certain titles banned by schools, libraries, communities, and governments. Banning books is one way of censoring the free flow of information and ideas.

Have you ever encountered censorship and how did you respond? Tell us about it in the Comments section below.

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  1. Comment by Jen C. — September 27, 2009 @ 4:57 pm

    I’ve never directly encountered censorship, it hasn’t severely interfered with my life, but I do find it funny that when I listen to th radio, certain words are bleeped out(even though you know what is under the bleep), but a few minutes after the song there is a radio commercial for male enhancement drugs. I find this confusing.

    I think self-censorship is a problem to some degree. People have stopped writing papers and essays from their point of view, in favor of bland, pronounless, uninteresting papers. I can’t imagine being a Villanova professor and having to read hundreds of boring papers because students have been told somewhere that they should not use “I think”, which they translate into leaving out colorful ideas and language instead using an overly professional tone.

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