March 06, 2003

Should Libraries Be Compelled To Secret Censorship?

Yes, I know the title is loaded language (I originally had "Library Censorware - Threat or Menace", but that was too much of a cliche). But the phrasing of so many articles has a similar reverse built-in assumption.

Take, for example the title of an article:
Should libraries filter out Internet porn?

C'mon - isn't that as much an assumption as my own title?

Look at this report from Slate:

"Chief Justice William Rehnquist and Justice Antonin Scalia have no interest in hearing that libraries are public forums; in fact Scalia is of the opinion that libraries can and do censor what he calls "garbage" all the time."

I keep saying that language-translation sites and the Google cache and web archives and privacy/anonymity sites, etc, are not "garbage". But today I feel like I've just been shouting into the wind, for all I'm heard.

By Seth Finkelstein | posted in censorware | on March 06, 2003 11:58 PM (Infothought permalink) | Followups
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