Author: Keith Staskiewicz (1-10 of 167)
What is a word worth? According to Publishers Weekly, NewSouth Books’ upcoming edition of Mark Twain’s seminal novel Adventures of Huckleberry Finn will remove all instances of the “n” word—I’ll give you a hint, it’s not nonesuch—present in the text and replace it with slave. The new book will also remove usage of the word Injun. The effort is spearheaded by Twain expert Alan Gribben, who says his PC-ified version is not an attempt to neuter the classic but rather to update it. “Race matters in these books,” Gribben told PW. “It’s a matter of how you express that in the 21st century.”
Unsurprisingly, there are already those who are yelling “Censorship!” as well as others with thesauruses yelling “Bowdlerization!” and “Comstockery!” Their position is understandable: Twain’s book has been one of the most often misunderstood novels of all time, continuously being accused of perpetuating the prejudiced attitudes it is criticizing, and it’s a little disheartening to see a cave-in to those who would ban a book simply because it requires context. On the other hand, if this puts the book into the hands of kids who would not otherwise be allowed to read it due to forces beyond their control (overprotective parents and the school boards they frighten), then maybe we shouldn’t be so quick to judge. It’s unfortunate, but is it really any more catastrophic than a TBS-friendly re-edit of The Godfather, you down-and-dirty melon farmer? The original product is changed for the benefit of those who, for one reason or another, are not mature enough to handle it, but as long as it doesn’t affect the original, is there a problem?
What do you think, Shelf-Lifers? Unnecessary censorship or necessary evil?
January 6, 2011 | Categories: 2012 Election, Amendment Rights, America's Freedoms, Congress, Constitution, Corruption in Government, Education, Elections Politics, Government, House of Representatives, Individual Rights, Learn from History, Media Corruption, Most Americans Reject Socialism, New Media News, Politics, Progressives pushing for Marxism/Socialism, Radical Liberal Progressive Left, Religious Freedoms, Undermining Constitution | Tags: Autobiography of Mark Twain, censorship, Classic Novels, controversy, Fiction, Political Correctness strayed | 1 Comment »
Government would have “absolute power” to seize control of the world wide web under Lieberman legislation…
(SAY NO! IT’S WRONG AND AGAINST THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES)
Paul Joseph Watson
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
The federal government would have “absolute power” to shut down the Internet under the terms of a new US Senate bill being pushed by Joe Lieberman, legislation which would hand President Obama a figurative “kill switch” to seize control of the world wide web in response to a Homeland Security directive.
Lieberman has been pushing for government regulation of the Internet for years under the guise of cybersecurity, but this new bill goes even further in handing emergency powers over to the feds which could be used to silence free speech under the pretext of a national emergency.
“The legislation says that companies such as broadband providers, search engines or software firms that the US Government selects “shall immediately comply with any emergency measure or action developed” by the Department of Homeland Security. Anyone failing to comply would be fined,” reports ZDNet’s Declan McCullagh.
June 18, 2010 | Categories: America's Freedoms, Constitution, Elections Politics, Government, Most Americans Reject Socialism, New Media News | Tags: Alinsky, anti-American president, censorship, FCC, First Amendment, freedom of speech, FTC, Joe Lieberman bill, KILL SWITCH for the INTERNET, radicals in government, silence the opposition | 2 Comments »