Wednesday, October 22, 2008

New trend in book banning and censorship

This most recent incident of a patron refusing to return a book in Oregon got me wondering about contemporary censorship patterns. Is there some type of book banning playbook or manual that censors are circulating amongst themselves and operating from, as this type of event has already occurred down in Georgia.

But, it now appears there's been an about face, as the avowed book burner claims the offending work, Book of Bunny Suicides, will be returned to the Central Linn High School Library. While this is positive news, it does not appear to be a revocation of the book challenge, and the regular, hard working folks of Central Linn School District will need to take time out of their days to consider the (de)merits of Ms. Taffey Anderson's request.

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Quiz: Banned books

It's Banned Books Week again, so in honor of our First Amendment, feel free to try this quiz on your knowledge of censorship issues. (Yikes, I got 8 out of 12.) And, if you care, check out the Banned Books Week talk that I gave to our high school journalism students this week too.