[quote="Hastrman, post:8, topic:257547"]
A bookstore where I live has a month-long anti-censorship campaign, but they go about it all wrong. Not only do they sell a T-shirt that says "Censorship: the Death of an Idea" (imagine if censorship was all it took to kill ideas like racism or Marxism), they have a gigantic display of a bunch of books and DVDs that have been censored. Only, most of them are garbage. Other than Fahrenheit 451 and a book of Aristophanes plays (and those are only valuable for their historical significance), not a single work in the display was worth the paper it was printed on; humanity would, emphatically, be better off without them.
What is considered "garbage" by some is a worthwhile reading experience to others. I hated To Kill a Mockingbird and 1984, but I know people who love them, but just because I dislike those books doesn't mean I want to prevent others from reading them.
But then again, this reflexive "How dare you ban a book!" "Censorship bad!" thing is just another unthinking taboo. I'm sorry, my civilization doesn't believe you can curse me just by getting hold of my hair, and we don't believe drowning is caused by witches. Why do we pretend that deciding not to allow the circulation of certain works will have some nebulous terrible consequences?
I've seen the exact opposite, where concerned individuals fear that books will "make" someone think or act a certain way, that, in my opinion, is giving books too much power. I've read dozens of books where characters are involved in sexual situations. Heck, I've even read sex manuals and none of these books have emitted strange mind control rays that make me want to go out and screw anything that moves. I've heard people say: "What about the children? Think of the children!" and honestly, if parents were actually paying attention to what their children are reading, there wouldn't be as many challenges to library materials.
So yes, I say that preventing someone from accessing information because someone else doesn't approve of that information is wrong. I seem to recall that there was a question on CAF where someone suggested that they "accidentally lose" a library book that they borrowed so that others wouldn't be exposed to it, and that is wrong, wrong, WRONG!