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12 April 2006 @ 10:12 pm
From the "People are retards" file  
Two news items:
  • Family stunned by adult comics at library - Parents in Barstow are kicking up a fuss about a book on manga that contains depictions of sexual acts. The librarian rightly points out that parenting is not the library's job, it is the parents', but that argument has never really kept people from spreading blame before.
  • Man held as terrorism suspect in London...for singing along with a song by The Clash. Just when you thought people couldn't get any more paranoid.

EDIT: Good will never win because evil is stupid but persistent. district supervisors have ordered the book removed from the shelves and want librarians to draft a plan for systematic censorship. "The councilman was quick to say he does not believe in censorship of books, but was also clear to point out the need to protect underage library members from explicit content." Yeah, that's what they always say...
Current Mood: aggravatedaggravated
Current Music: Jeph Jacques - Mellotron
Ameliapadparadscha on April 13th, 2006 05:45 am (UTC)
So the kid was shocked, and he turned it back in the next day.

End of story? Please?

"But WE didn't like it! So why are you letting OTHER people check it out?"

I honestly think some people aren't happy unless they're bitching about something.
Ameliapadparadscha on April 13th, 2006 05:49 am (UTC)
Whoops. Had two windows going there. Sorry for the sort-of double post. ;)
russgoulo on April 13th, 2006 07:10 am (UTC)
"But WE didn't like it! So why are you letting OTHER people check it out?"

Heh, that about says it all. Next they'll discover the dictionary has naughty words and demand all dictionaries be removed!
willyumtxwillyumtx on April 13th, 2006 02:28 pm (UTC)
There are naughty words in the dictionary???

I'll have to go see....

[peruse, peruse]

Why, why.... any innocent child could pick up a dictionary and find these *unspeakable* words and use them with other words and construct sentences leading to paragraphs and then stories that describe foul and blasphemous acts.

Burn them all!
Alun Clewe: villainalun_clewe on April 14th, 2006 12:11 am (UTC)
Reminds me of a (possibly apocryphal, but funny anyway) story about, IIRC, Samuel Johnson, who is famous for, among other things, compiling a prominent dictionary. Wait--okay, I found the story in the Samuel Johnson Wikiquote article, so I guess rather than try to paraphrase it myself I'll just copy what it says there (which is slightly different from how I remembered the story; oh well):
"Mrs. Digby told me that when she lived in London with her sister, Mrs. Brooke, they were every now and then honoured by the visits of Dr. Johnson. He called on them one day soon after the publication of his immortal dictionary. The two ladies paid him due compliments on the occasion. Amongst other topics of praise they very much commended the omission of all naughty words. 'What! my dears! then you have been looking for them?' said the moralist. The ladies, confused at being thus caught, dropped the subject of the dictionary."
willyumtxwillyumtx on April 14th, 2006 12:13 am (UTC)

The above is somewhat amusing.
Alun Clewealun_clewe on April 14th, 2006 12:17 am (UTC)
Ah, yes, the writings of Ambrose Bierce, one of literature's most famous misanthropes. (And a distant cousin of mine, a few times removed...considering that I'm not really a fan of his misanthropy, I'm not sure whether or not to be happy about that...)
Stephen "FPilot" Bierce / 美朝深恬: self-spritefrustratedpilot on April 14th, 2006 12:26 am (UTC)
I came by his surname honestly, I was born with it. (Not a direct descendant, but we share a common ancestry and a common irascibility.)
Packy Anderson: ROD: Yomiko flyerpacky on April 13th, 2006 05:54 am (UTC)
Well, if you can't trust your kids to the LIBRARY, where CAN you trust them?

I think it's amusing that many people don't realize how subversive a library can actually be. Knowledge... unrestricted, unfiltered... a veritable smorgasbord of ideas, with nobody telling you which ones are right and which are abominations in the sight of God. And librarians? Not only will they help you find whatever you're looking for, they'll defend your right to read it! How much more anti-establishment can you get?
mr_rakshasa on April 13th, 2006 08:26 am (UTC)
I don't know - a lot of it depends on where the manga was shelved. If it's in the kids' section, then that pretty much is the library's fault.
gwallagwalla on April 13th, 2006 06:32 pm (UTC)
The article says it was in the adult section.
Madison: consideringkadharonon on April 13th, 2006 11:42 am (UTC)
Well, we've got a new teen section at the library at home, and some 12 year old boy came in a got a bunch of manga from it... InuYasha, maybe? And Pet Shop of Horrors, I think. (God is Pet Shop of Horrors disturbing.) His mom came in the next day to complain. And we told her pretty much what you've said up there: It's not our job, it's hers. Children will be attracted to pictures. (And names they recognize from americanized anime.)
Danielle Daileydanihana on April 13th, 2006 01:40 pm (UTC)
You should watch the Pet Shop of Horrors anime, it's wonderfully funny. Especially when watched in groups. And with a stuffed animal rabbit nearby.
Danielle Daileydanihana on April 13th, 2006 01:39 pm (UTC)
Pertaining to the London incident:
I think that this is what got Dom from MegaTokyo to try and figure out the stupidest way for himself to get arrested as a terrorist subject.