Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Naughty Books

All right, this has come up twice in the comments, so I'll weigh in on it. Some have criticized Councilman Jergensen for objecting to a city sponsored book club selection that included explicit content. Fine, criticize him. But really, it was a logical stance for him to take. Since it's important that civic activities are open to everyone, then why shouldn't the activities maintain some sort of ethical standard to ensure wide participation? Well, what standard you ask? There are a number of standards. We could use standards set nationally for television and radio broadcasts. We could use standards set for books to be read in public schools. Anyway, for a city wide book club meant to include everybody, why shouldn't we choose titles that could also be read on the air, or in public schools?

5 Comments:

Blogger Reach Upward said...

You want to collaborate on the reading of dirty books? Join a private dirty book club. Don't use government resources to sponsor the activity.

9/06/2005 12:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Dexter said...

yeah. forget that literature is supposed to by challenging. Forget that great literature portrays moral and ethical dilemas. Nevermind that there's more to be learned and gained from discusion and debate of contraversial topics than by everyone agreeing polyanna style. Nevermind that the bible, our community standard for decency, is rated NC-17.
All forms of entertainment should induce asine watercolor dialogue about who's being voted off next, and whether our not one can believe the amazing play made by any given athlete.
Especially don't use government resources to sponsor an activity that might promote thought!!!!

9/06/2005 01:33:00 PM  
Anonymous read said...

It depends on whose standard it is. For example there are books that should not definitely be read by children, but then there are others that enter a gray area and could be objectionable to one, but not to another.

9/06/2005 02:58:00 PM  
Blogger Ethan said...

Welcome back, dexter.

It's true great literature is challenging. That's not in question.
But great literature and obscene content are not necessarily the same thing. While there are titles out there that may be an important read and include mature content,

I don't believe it's unreasonable to ask that a city operated book club choose a title from the millions of pages of great and challenging literature

that would allow participation of everyone. After all, it's everyone's city.

9/06/2005 06:11:00 PM  
Blogger Shawn said...

Please, please, can we just have a society that is mature enough to handle anything that isn't Disney?

9/07/2005 09:14:00 AM  

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