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“Banned” not a word I personally take lightly. It has been thrown around so much, that many don’t understand the significance of the word. It’s lost its original concern as a result. “Banned”used to cause people to sit up and take note. These days we are desensitized to the totality of the meaning.
Back in the day, we jumped when we heard a book was banned, whether by a government, a group, political, religious, moral or less often commercial entity who had the clout to make any book article or newsworthy item, unavailable to the public. In particular, removing said books from the shelves of a library, bookstore, or classroom because of its controversial content.
In today’s society, where everyone seems so incredibly “touchy”, anything said by one individual, another takes exception to and controversy quickly erupts.
Much information has to be read carefully in order to ascertain it’s true meaning and requires reading between the lines and cannot be taken at face value.
In some cases, banned books of the past have been burned and/or refused publication. Possession of banned books has at times been regarded as an act of treason or heresy, which was punishable by death, torture, prison time, or other acts of retribution.
“The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” written by Mark Twain, was the fifth most frequently challenged book in the U.S. during the 90’s for example. James Joyce’s Ulysses was banned on sexual grounds. There are many others we could add to the list as the list continually changes and grows.
I feel that it’s a very important topic in today’s society when corrupt and unethical politician’s in particular, seek to stop the flow of information to the public about the tactics, antics and dirty pool constantly used to sway the public vote.
I suppose the import would be greatly increased if it relates to your particular interest whether that be religion, politics, or informative material.
Really interested in your take on the subject, so drop me a line, let me know what you think. Where, who, when should a book or publication be “banned”.
This brings up a side issue, that of the internet, where information flows freely. Sometimes, confusingly, as information can always be twisted to any particular viewpoint and certainly requires a great deal of fact checking to ascertain whether it is fact-based, valid, or an opinion or personal bias.
Thanks for reading my “rant”. Take care, talk to you again soon.
I love a good joke, one that has me laughing wholeheartedly until tears run unabashedly down my cheeks and I can barely breath because I can’t stop laughing. Or that joke that we remember hours days weeks later and chuckle mirthfully at since it’s power to amuse hasn’t abated.
I remember reading and orating knock knock jokes to my great delight as a child and I’d share with anyone that would listen. Or buying comic books then literature I found delightfully carefree and touched my funny bone.
There is an entire genre to look back on with absolute fondness. In an era long ago, slap stick comedy was all the rage with Charlie Chaplin and the Keystone Cops to amuse and entertained us. Red Skelton Bob Hope and Lucille Ball so delightfully innocent but hilariously funny.
Stand up comedians such as George Carlin and Robin Williams gave us hours of laughter and thoughtful introspection through what else, comedy. Sitcoms with Carol Bernette, Bob Newheart. TV shows that included David Letterman, John Stewart, Stephen Colbert. There is indeed an endless list of distinguished amusing joke telling entertainers who delivered their punchline with panache and perfect timing, tossing jibes and poking fun at ludicrous or scary situations, at events or the personal antics of movie stars, politicians and others.
Undoubtedly we all have our own list of favourites whether it be someone local or international who has set the bar exceedingly high; but constantly engages us, touches us and move us to tears using humour to lighten a moment. Goodness the list of movies, shows, books written with witticism and anecdotal amusement is long and rich.
I have indeed laughed until I cried, and could not speak, breathless with amusement at personal situations and occasions when hilarity ensued and filled our hearts with glee, occasions to look back upon remembered now with fondness and a smile.
Whatever the source is for you, I hope each day brings you some form of amusement to bring a smile, a laugh, a tear or belly shaking laughter to brighten your day. Enjoy.