Censorship on book

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What is your view on censorship on books? If you are in a position to influence on what can be read or not, would you impose your standard on others just because you feel it is the "right" thing to do? Recent good example is probably Harry Potter book. It is sad that there are people who really believe the book is bad influence against children. Here is a link to one such article.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/15127464/?GT1=8618

Do anyone here know other books that are banned in your country for whatever reason?

  • Dec 23, 2006

Acyx

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Let's see here.. "Atlanta mother of four" and "'Evil' attempt at indoctrinating children into the wicca religion" distinguishes this person as three things to me: An uneducated moron, a fascist, and a zionist.

It's always advocated for the same reasons it seems, pushing their own values and opinions onto others like the selfish and self-absorbed people that they are, or furtheing their own agendas. Of course, in this case it happens to be to push a bronze-age holdover (namely preservation of religion) as moral basis instead of recognizing it's figurehead status and openness to be either adhered to, or dropped in the modern era. Another primitive it seems, one more person for me to lambast into submission and forever obscurity.

It will be a great day when the last of these people die out, although until then, I have no respect, nor remorse for their so-called "moral plight", or fight against the heathenous horde of the written arts or exercise of free thought that their want of theocracy or a return to 'normalcy' cannot stifle.

Wastes of flesh, every last one of them.

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  • Dec 24, 2006
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Why would they censor a book that is clearly fiction and meant for everyone's fun and entertainment?

Well the "Da Vinci Code" was almost banned from the bookshelves in the Philippines, and the movie based on the show too. However, everyone was taken for a fool because everything turned upside down and people actually bought the book and watched the movie en masse'.

This is what I call Reverse Psychology marketing! So censorship on books can be profit for the author on my opinion, should it be harnessed the correct way.

So no worries here.

  • Dec 24, 2006
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if my memory serves me right, the "Da Vinci Code" has caused great distress among the christians in my country, they tried to have it banned, but they failed, and they went on "campaign", giving out flyers telling things like "Da Vinci Code" is totally false, its evil, in their flyers they compared the "Da Vinci Code" book and the bible, one comparison i can remember is "the Da Vinci Code is a fictional book by Dan Brown, the bible is the words of God, its true." basically the flyer used supportive evidence cited from the bible.. i see if i can find the flyer the christians gave me and scan it..

well if i could remember clearly, one book banned in my country would be the communist handbook, its basically a small handbook containing communist ideas...
another book that would be banned would be the Anarchist cookbook which i don't even know whether if it actually existed.. it basically is a book which teaches you to go against the government and make things like bombs to damage government property..

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Knowledge can be dangerous in the wrong hands. Some people are easily influenced by fancy words. I agree that some censorship should be used depending on what type of people and what age will be receiving the books.

  • Jan 04, 2007

Duuz

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Quote by xiaodickif my memory serves me right, the "Da Vinci Code" has caused great distress among the christians in my country, they tried to have it banned, but they failed, and they went on "campaign", giving out flyers telling things like "Da Vinci Code" is totally false, its evil, in their flyers they compared the "Da Vinci Code" book and the bible, one comparison i can remember is "the Da Vinci Code is a fictional book by Dan Brown, the bible is the words of God, its true." basically the flyer used supportive evidence cited from the bible.. i see if i can find the flyer the christians gave me and scan it..

well if i could remember clearly, one book banned in my country would be the communist handbook, its basically a small handbook containing communist ideas...
another book that would be banned would be the Anarchist cookbook which i don't even know whether if it actually existed.. it basically is a book which teaches you to go against the government and make things like bombs to damage government property..

Oh the Anarchist Cookbook does exsist, or at least it did at one time. But it doesn't tell you anything that you can't find through other sources, it more or less compiles it all into 1 book. You can find direction on how to make weapons and explosives any where on the net.

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My reading level isn't all that high, even if I read a lot of books but I see no reason why they would want to ban any kind of books. I've read a romance book and I wasn't aware of that so in that case, it would have been nice to know before I was reading it. But I can think for myself what is right or wrong and no way would I be stupid enough to make a bomb and explode it or something like that. There should be some sort of age labeling though.

  • Jan 05, 2007

Mnemeth

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Censorship should only take place if intelligent, logically minded, calm, moderate people are involved. Too bad there aren't that many out there. Most book "bannings" and protests are the result of massively uneducated people or over zealous moral/immoral groups taking things to the absolute extreme.

As for the Anarchist's Cookbook, yes it does exist but good luck getting your hands on an original printed copy today. It is a rather neat little compilation though I highly recommend you not undertake any of the ahem "recipes" without proper education or training as they are dangerous and in several cases could kill or severely maim you.

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  • Jan 05, 2007
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Some other books include Mark Twain's Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, because of their honest portrayal of southern U.S.A. culture in the 1800's. What better way to understand the plight of African American people in the U.S.A. than to read honest, free of political correctness, accounts of how they were treated during this time period.
I think it is ridiculous to ban books especially something as harmless as Harry Potter. Of course the main concern surrounding the Harry Potter books is that it will somehow influence children to seek out the world of "witchcraft" as a religion. However J.K. Rowling's books never mention any sort of religion. The books are about magic for magic's sake, there is no agenda.


  • Jan 06, 2007
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ahaha... this is all pretty ironic. The parents are bannign the books in an attempt to protect their children, yet the most important part of a child's growth is their imagination. Reading those books can definitely foster that. Vague... all those losers...

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Nothing should be censored I don't think.......... I mean, what's the point of doing something is you are not going to be able to show it like it is?.............

  • Jan 14, 2007

MrKarl

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Censorship is just wrong. More so, it's lying but covering up the truth. If you don't want to see or hear about something (in this case a book, but it applies to everything) just put the damn thing down. Censorship takes that choice away from you. ZOMFG Mind control!

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  • Jan 14, 2007

Zangetsu-ssl

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People have got to loosen up a bit and get with the times already. There are sometimes which I believe should be censored but there are things which I believe should be left the way it is.

If the parents of the child reading Harry Potter doesn't like their child reading it... then don't f****** buy it. Simple as that. Just don't go ruining it for everyone else. Their child's imagination can suffer for all I care. And for what, because the kid's parents believed that it will affect them due to the fact that it talks about witchcraft and etc. . Bloody uneducated idiots. People like these should be wiped out from the gene pool. Let humanity improve rather than sticking around to hinder it.

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  • Jan 14, 2007
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Wow... 'Kino's Journey' is coming to life... XD
I've not read any Harry Potter, so I don't know how "bad" the characters/story is.

I feel it's the government's job (especially a department that specialises in 'censorship') is to make the guidelines of what's good for what age, and the publisher's/writer'sjobs to obey those guidelines.

Now, unless you're a back-water group, and you don't have many morals/responsibilities, then you could give kids what we know is 18+ only in reality/civil society. That's obviously crazy.
Now, that is for the basics of censorship. When it comes to what is acceptable in terms of topics, it's iffy about what is acceptable.

For example: Governments and public don't really want to publish "Terrorist Training Manuals" as it's a criminal/ill-moral extremism.
Witchcraft is mythical. That's why we have science, mathematics and other logistic subjects. To make a love potion; To have wind come out your sleeves; Spell chantings; They are all unproven methods of wizardry and witchcraft. Therefore I don't see fictional things like this is bad for people of any age.

The government and publishers really should have to look at what is acceptable to the public, and logically say what is publishable and not. It's quite simple to decide though.

Fiction is not evil or illegal. Teaching real life things may be due to what it is trying to teach. But most of us have common sence, right? And like what Zangetsu said (for anyone really. You dont want it, don't buy it. Let's not try to kill originality.

  • Jan 14, 2007
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People don't know how serious censorship is. Authors and artists write and create books because they want to show you the truth or teach you a lesson and give you the power to understand and the choice to knowing, and when people censor, they take your right to know away.

"When people burn books, in the end, they are also burning humans" - quoted a german author in during the Holocaust

Also i think most of the people who want to ban the book never read it

  • Jan 14, 2007

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