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Friday, June 11, 2010

Warning Labels

In a recent post Southern Man opined that content labeling was a Good Thing. However, some folks may have carried a good thing a bit too far. Consider the following:
This book is a product of its time and does not reflect the same values as it would if it were written today. Parents might wish to discuss with their children how views on race, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, and interpersonal relations have changed since this book was written before allowing them to read this classic work.
So what wicked tome might demand such a warning? Uncle Tom's Cabin? Tom Sawyer? To Kill A Mockingbird? Pepys' Diaries?

Nope on all counts. According to Fox News this is the warning affixed by A&D Publishing of Radford, VA on their recent reprints of the
Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States, and other historical documents.

Larry Niven's Known Space series of science-fiction short stories and novels members of the general public are so sheltered by the State that individuals are not permitted to read or study history unless they pass a series of psychological examinations and are deemed qualified to handle such material, as the idea of weapons and violence and war was too much for most of these snowflakes to accept. Is this the direction we're going?


At Saturday, June 12, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Three points to ponder in response. First, the "warning" was not issued by the government, but by the publisher. Second, it is aimed at parents, who should discuss with their children what they read, no matter what it is. Third, the publisher's comment is true. These works are a product of their times, and would not be the same if written today, especially the parts in the Constitution about slaves being 3/5 of a person. I would certainly want to talk to a child about this.

BTW, I do enjoy your blog! Mo.


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