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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.