Dave Connis’ new YA novel is a book about banned books, but it’s also much more than that. It’s about the power of narrative told through the personal story of the exceptional Clara Evans; literature-lover and library evangelist. Despite the YA category, she’s a main character that readers of any age can identify with.
Select state governments think consumers can’t discern the difference between chorizo and soyrizo. As a result, vegetarian food companies are under fire for their use of a meat-based lexicon. These legal restrictions are unreasonably burdensome for said companies, and not just to their word-choice, but to their bottom-line as well.
A recent push by the FBI for US universities to monitor Chinese students is alarming – but this siren rings with a different tonality depending on your listening equipment. To Senator Mark Warner, it’s about national security. But to me, it sounds a whole lot like government-sanctioned censorship.
The boundary between aesthetics and prurience has ebbed and flowed throughout history. And today’s anti-obscenity legal landscape is evidence of this undying wave cresting in our modern day. But perhaps if we break historical barriers, and view this as a relationship without walls, calmer waters surely lie ahead.
Facebook’s boundless pursuit of data has broken into your gray matter. Our last stronghold of privacy will be compromised so we can type faster. Seems legit.
The incarcerated are an oft-forgotten demographic, but this quality shouldn’t dampen their fundamental human-rights. For US prisoners, access to library materials is wrought with roadblocks built by a tumultuous past.
Those behind the advent of autonomous vehicles would convince consumers that altruism motivates their drive to create robotic taxis. However an analysis of these arguments exposes gross violations of privacy in the name of profit and societal control.
The internet has fueled our modern Information Age – a time when access to information is automatic and universal. But this touchstone for democratized knowledge has a dark past, and an even scarier present.
Americans can exercise unique freedom of speech rights granted by the first amendment of the US constitution. But can we expect to exercise these freedoms on the websites that have increasingly dominated our channels for communication?
The common misconception that any library espouses the content of its collection and programming can lead to feelings of patron alienation. An imagining of the library as an equitable world stage can help to mitigate resulting acrimony directed at this institution.