Thursday, September 28, 2006

On self cesorship and fear

What an interesting world we live in. On the one hand, you have the uproar over the clsoing of an opera in Germany that used the beheaded heads of religious leaders including Mohammad (see Tallguy and PARADOSIS for more.)

On the other hand we have Banned Books Week with Judy Blume saying-

“[I]t's not just the books under fire now that worry me. It is the books that will never be written. The books that will never be read. And all due to the fear of censorship. As always, young readers will be the real losers.”

Thanks to Mysanal for the link.

It's just an interesting dichotomy.

I wonder if the ALA will be willing to stand up against the nearly certain influx of Islamic based book complaints the way they do to Christians and others....



At October 01, 2006 9:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The opera should have been "banned" on the basis of crimes against Mozart. The director's additions were first presented 2 or 3 years ago to resounding cries of protest and outrage, not from Muslims, Christians or any other religious groups, but from music lovers. His additions were a complete perversion of Mozart's work. In the original,far from being an anti-religious work as was stated in one article, the characters, at the finale, sing praises to the gods (the Greek gods, that is). The story is set at the end of the Trojan war, well before Jesus, Mohammed or Buddha. As someone who loves and has studied opera, I find these constant "restagings" and making the work "relevant to the age" a load of , well, you know what I mean.

At October 01, 2006 9:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry,that was me, Lisa K.

At October 03, 2006 7:59 PM, Blogger Alicia said...

I just wanted to say thanks for both your thoughts--I learned a lot from this one.


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