Saturday, April 09, 2005

He's baaaaaack! (Buster the Bunny)

So, are we going to hear from any top Bush administrators if Sugartime hits library shelves?

"Despite controversy over a recent episode of the popular children's TV show Postcards from Buster, which featured lesbian mothers, Little, Brown
Books for Young Readers still plans to publish a book based on the contentious episode as part of a Postcards series planned for release this spring."

Sunday, April 03, 2005

No Wonder We're in Deep Shit

"Who cares if the government censors articles before they're published? Prior restraint, schmior restraint. The Principal did it all the time when I was in High School. No biggie."

ARKANSAS – Fordyce High School officials announced at a school board meeting on March 14 that they plan to fire the teacher who advises the student newspaper, Jennifer Baker, who claims a recently instituted policy–requiring principal Bobby Brown to review articles before publication–violates the Arkansas Student Publications Act.

Baker opposes the policy and said it needs to be repealed or rewritten.

The Arkansas Student Publications Act requires school districts to adopt policies allowing students the right to express themselves, including the right of expression in school-sponsored publications. Student expression is permitted whether the publication is created on school grounds, financially supported by the school or operates as part of a course.

Brown introduced his policy on Jan. 27 after objecting to content in two issues of the newspaper, including an article that was critical of the school’s test schedule and a student’s quote regarding her Valentine’s Day plans to, "Cook for [my boyfriend] and watch a few love videos. Maybe a little later on something special will go down." The administration perceived the quote as sexual and inappropriate.

Brown said Baker had failed to "properly supervise," which had resulted in "inaccuracies" and "distasteful content" being published in the newspaper."

Student Press Law Center

Nudity in Art. HIDE THE KIDS!

Martha, get the kiddies indoors, theres some nudie art in town. Oh, hand me them there paper towels, I'm a-fixin to go check on it myself.

EVERYONE knows, of course, that the reason for the fall of Greek and Roman civilizations were their tolerance for public nudity in art. No, change that, they just didn't tolerate it, they seemed to roll in it like dogs on road-kill.

"The Venus de Milo had better wear a top and Michelangelo's David should put on some pants if they're going to be seen at a yard art business.

Bartholomew County officials told the business near Interstate 65 that it must move cement copies of the classical statues — and about 10 others — out of public view because they are obscene under Indiana law.

"It's not fair to point out our business, and personally, I don't find them offensive," Ginger Streeval, a co-owner of White River Truck Repair and Yard Art, told the Daily Journal of Franklin for a story Wednesday.

Frank Butler, the county's zoning inspector, disagreed.

"They have nudity ... and that should not be in the view of a minor," he said.


Thursday, March 24, 2005

Television Censorship by the Numbers

The good news: In every single category, a majority of the people polled were against censorship.

The bad news: People in this country are still more willing to ban sexual content and nudity than violence. Only in America.

"Angus Reid Consultants - CPOD Global Scan) - Some adults in the United States want to enact tougher guidelines for the broadcasting industry,
according to a poll by Schulman, Ronca, & Bucuvalas (SRBI) Public Affairs published in Time. 41 per cent of respondents believe the federal administration should ban cursing, sexual language and nudity from television."

Angus Reid Consultants

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Newberry Award winner stays in the classroom.

Jenne over at LisNews posted this article.

"Despite parent concerns, Blue Springs eighth graders will continue to read "The Giver" as part of their curriculum.

The Blue Springs Board of Education unanimously voted to keep "The Giver" on the district's approved reading list Monday. Board member Dale Walkup was absent because of elective surgery earlier in the day.

"After taking time to reread the book and discuss it with patrons of the district, I feel this is a good book for our students to read," he said. "The last chapter of the book shows Jonas fighting to break the cycle, and showing that it is wrong. The message is not about suicide or euthanasia, but about demonstrating to students that the government can't control us."

Rest of the article: The Examiner (Jackson County, Missouri)

Note, parents could have their children opt-out of reading this. But, of course, that isn't good enough for some.

Thursday, March 10, 2005

School Board Urged Not To Censor Students

Now, if it had just been the One Parent, asking to remove a book from the library, the School Board would have bent over backwards. Oooops, nope, bend over backwards might imply something that would upset some people.

"Mar 10, 2005 -- The majority among a dozen speakers at Tuesday night’s Loudoun County School Board meeting said they supported greater tolerance of homosexuality and opposed censorship of school plays. However, the majority of the school board members voiced opinions indicating they favored greater control over content.

Loudoun School Board Chairman John A. Andrews (Potomac) thanked all of the speakers for the civility they displayed in debating a subject that emerged in the wake of last month’s mini play Offsides performed last month as part of a montage called Postcards From Paradise at Stone Bridge High involving the topic of homosexuality and an implied kiss between two boys."

Leesburg Today

Thursday, February 24, 2005

Conservatives and Social Change

I ran across this article, and was intrigued. I appreciate the calmness of tone, and the apparent willingness to debate and explore ideas. I know that for many groups on the Left, this may seem like an end run around cherished and strongly held beliefs. I disagree. I think this sort of group actually shows the effectiveness of what we have believed and articulated for so long. That a woman's group could form and traces it's roots to both Conservatism AND Feminism is a testimony to the struggle that so many women engaged in.

That got me thinking about SRRT. It seems to me that SRRT is too inbred. That so many of them have the same viewpoint and aim is actually harmful to them in the long run. An infusion of new blood is good, however unappreciated. This is not to excuse the actions of some that I have seen on there whose intent, as far as I can tell, is NOT to find a Conservative path for Social Responsibilities and libraries, but simply to destroy it using a "heckler's veto". New viewpoints that combine Social Responsibility with Conservatism, however, can only be a good thing. And perhaps, if any of the "old guard" pay attention, they might find themselves intellectually engaged and learn something along the way.

I've been toying with the idea of finally joining ALA and SRRT. Perhaps now is the time. I am not a Conservative, by any means. But, hopefully, I could add a voice that is willing to listen. I also have some ideas on how we can improve conditions and mobility for our un-degreed colleagues.

"N.E.W." does not stand for "No Education for Women," the "Network of Eventual Wives" or "Nuts for the Elimination of Women."

N.E.W. stands for the Network of Enlightened Women.

N.E.W. is a group of young women who quietly gather in the basement of one of Mr. Jefferson's pavilions on Wednesday nights. We sit around a table, eat chocolate chip cookies and carry pink binders with our agendas. We discuss our position as women in society. We acknowledge and appreciate that we have more opportunities than any other generation of American women.

So why all the fear of us?"

The Cavalier Daily (University of Virginia)

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Biting the Creative Hand that Feeds You

Between the Comics Code Authority (see the original code here) and the business practices of the publishers, it is a miracle that comics have survived at all.

"A federal judge has ruled that Marvel Comics owes millions of dollars to its longtime writer, Stan Lee, in unpaid profits from movies based on the characters he created: Spider-Man, the X-Men and the Incredible Hulk.

Lee's lawsuit had sent a modest shock wave through the comics community -- not because a comic-book publisher scammed one of its creators -- that's what those publishers have always done. Lee, of all the creators in the business, seemed to be the one immune to scammery."

The Oregonian