Sunday, February 6, 2011

Deep Throat in the Public Library

Deep Throat in the public library?  Will Manley brings us the case of a book that quietly disappeared after a patron complained: "Dear Monday from the Unwinders Tavern – Any Advice for Deep Throat?," by Will Manley, Will Unwound, 6 February 2011, #355.

The issue is whether the facts as presented represent a case of "institutional censorship."  The question Will Manley asks his many readers is, "What should Deep Throat do?"

There is a bigger question.  Why is there a need for a library to feel the need to remove a book quietly in the first place?  Is the removal of the book a problem, or is the knee jerk reaction of the American Library Association [ALA] the problem that causes librarians to fear its reaction?

ALA mischaracterizes every single book challenge
in 2009.  Instead of "deciding for others," perhaps
460 patrons are properly seeking application of
existing book selection policies and practices.
Think about it.  Every single person in 2009 who challenged a book in a public library was vilified by the ALA.  All 460 of them.  No exceptions.  Zero.  All 460 were derided as "censors."  See my report on this here:  "The Parent Trap:  ALA Uses Banned Books Week to Ridicule Patrons Complying with ALA Materials Reconsideration Policies."

So that's how and why Banned Book Week is used by the ALA.  To ridicule patrons seeking to challenge books and cow them into silence.

Silence.  The opposite of free speech the ALA claims to promote.

As an aside, recall an ALA member or acolyte started the effort that resulted in my being banned from Wikipedia for exposing on my blog the ALA for propagandizing for Free Press and net neutrality, and I am still banned there.  ALA, the free speech people.

Is it any wonder there's a Deep Throat in the public library?  Is it any wonder librarians feel the need to act quietly so as not to arouse the wrath of the ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom?

In the case presented by Will Manley, Deep Throat wants to out the evil censors.  My advice to Deep Throat is to out the evil censors after the ALA first stops attacking each and every person as an evil censor.  Does or does not the book meet the library's book selection policies or practices?  That should be the question, but then Deep Throat would be Deep Thought and we would never have heard of this interesting case.

Thanks, Will Manley, for publicizing this in your excellent blog post.  There's a reason Will Unwound is on my blog's Favorites list.

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7 comments:

  1. In West Bend, Wisconsin, the Community Memorial Library censors on a regular basis. Our young adult librarian touts her ability to spoon-feed pornographic materials to minor children as some sort of constitutional right, parents be damned. If that's not enough, the ALA strategically manipulated their library marionettes at a conference to show local communities once and for all that censorship is alive and well, and in the hands of their very own organization.

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  2. This is the same slanderous nonsense these homophobic Fundamentalists used to make West Bend an international laughing stock. The issues in West Bend had nothing to do with constitutional rights. It was about a small group of angry religious zealots who couldn't abide the presence of literature that included gay themes in a public library. They filed their complaint... and when it became clear that what they were originally asking for -- removal of anything that mentioned homosexuality -- was unconstitutional in the United States, they simply stirred the pot with all this fiery claptrap about porn int he children's section. Oh, and they were lying about it then, just as they are now.

    The real frustration for Ginny and her fellow fear mongers is that the US constitution will not allow her to impose her own narrow morality on everyone else.

    And Ginny? I talked to Jesus about you and He wants you to stop using his name.

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  3. Thanks, both, for writing. Forgive me, everyone, but the professor's final paragraph gave me a chuckle. Now professor? Be nice!!

    Oh, by the way, the West Bend matter was mentioned in something just published: "Book Banners Finding Power in Numbers; Efforts to Ban Books in Schools have Shifted Subjects and Tactics, with the Efforts of Single Parents Now Being Replaced by Organizations," by Lewis Beale, Miller-McCune, 10 February 2011.

    I have to admit the ALA propaganda machine is effective.

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  4. What would be the worst thing that could happen if a book that was objectionable, on any number of levels, were actually left in the library?

    This is a serious question.

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  5. john xerxes, thanks for writing.

    I am not certain. I suppose that's up to the community to decide for itself.

    Possibly related but definitely interesting is this:

    "Extensive Therapy For Library Thief; Crestview Public Library Not Responsible For Child's Losing His Mind Over Stolen Adult Material"

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  7. As to your example post - I am not sure how it pertains to the issue of offensive books' remaining access.

    And I agree with your post. That has nothing to do with the book and more to do with poor parenting. Thieves should get jail time not therapy.

    edited for spelling.

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