September 24th, 2005

buzzed, B&W

Two updates in one week - amazing!

So, Steph K. was telling me a while ago about a friend of hers who did the dance sequence from Napoleon Dynamite for a talent show. Perhaps they used this website?

Another story about how the internet is changing our lives . . . stupid teenagers . . . though more appalling is the attitude of the parents: DeRubeis said that students face consequences for posting such material on the Internet, but some parents disagreed with the suspensions. "There was one e-mail that was talking about it's the kids' site and they should be able to put there what they want to," DeRubeis said. "But I think that's a little shortsighted." I'll agree they should be allowed to put up what they want, but that doesn't mean they should be flaunting the fact they're breaking the law . . .

Interesting thoughts on ideals that "educated people" should have . . . touches upon writing, math, civic engagement, art, athletics, and leadership - really just a modern day renaissance man, but it's definitely a good idea for schools to strive for . . .

I was walking by my bank on the way to work, and they have this large display case that is changing regularly (past displays have included quilts and Boy Scouts). The new display is for Banned Books Week. The web page is fascinating - lists of challenged and banned books, lists of challenged authors, etc etc. I keep forgetting that Judy Blume is controversial, and I'm surprised to see Gary Paulsen on the list. R.L. Stine even makes the list. The most challenge author in the last 10 years? Alvin Schwartz, of the Scary Stories series . . . On one hand it's great that parents (60% of challenges were by parents) are involved, but it's disappointing that they feel they need to serve as their communities moral compass, rather than focussing upon their sphere of influence, i.e. their children.
buzzed, B&W

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Don't think you're going to conceal faults by concealing evidence that they ever existed. Don't be afraid to go in your library and read every book, as long as any document does not offend our own ideas of decency. That should be the only censorship.

How will we defeat communism unless we know what it is, what it teaches, and why does it have such an appeal for men, why are so many people swearing allegiance to it? It's almost a religion, albeit one of the nether regions.

And we have got to fight it with something better, not try to conceal the thinking of our own people. They are part of America. And even if they think ideas that are contrary to ours, their right to say them, their right to record them, and their right to have them at places where they're accessible to others is unquestioned, or it's not America.

—Dwight David Eisenhower