Monday, May 14, 2007

Will at Imagethief offers a disquisition of importance:
Granted that there at least two main types of censorship. One is loud censorship to set an example. Here is where the boundary is. Don't cross it. Kill the chickens to scare the rhetorically inclined monkeys. A second type is the quiet, subtle censorship that influences ideas in the public domain that you never here about. This is the informal guidance to editors that is never revealed, the changes to school curricula to ensure contentious ideas are removed, and the stories and books that never make to the public in the first place and that thus don't have to be noisily suppressed later.
What we can't know is already overwhelming.
That we willingly compound that by forbidding, or hiding, what we might know is our great shame.
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