Intellectual Freedom News 7/14/17

Intellectual Freedom News

July 14, 2017 – Collated by OIF Staff and News Interns

Intellectual Freedom Highlights

  • Sexual harassment and the internet | Intellectual Freedom Blog; “My correspondent made various misleading claims […]. He wrote that “harassment is caused by people having viewed the unfiltered Internet while in the library.” But that’s speculation, not fact. It’s dubious, too. People read mysteries in libraries and don’t feel compelled to commit murders. People are responsible for unwanted or criminal action, not the internet. And not library policy.”
  • The Handmaid’s Tale and the freedom to choose | Intellectual Freedom Blog; “Giving into the censor’s choice to embrace the philosophy of “freedom from” means eliminating others’ choices and eliminating true freedom. Whether it’s shades of lipstick, pants or skirt, whether or whom to marry, or which book to read, freedom means confronting the necessary dangers of voice and choice. Freedom is not being silenced or protected.”
  • Tessa Kelso and the Los Angeles book burners | Intellectual Freedom Blog; “It’s worth looking back at this formidable librarian and an unusual episode in the history of intellectual freedom where she took the offensive against a would-be book burner by suing him… and winning.”




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