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Too Soon or Censorship? “The Librarian of Basra” & Third Graders

This morning’s news feeds boasted two stories that grabbed our attention, in particular because they dovetail so perfectly with the recent controversy in Chicago Public Schools surrounding Persepolis.  One is about drama that has ensued after the California DOE decided to … Continue reading

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7-Year-Old Suspended for “Gun-Shaped” Pop Tart (Yes, Seriously)

This is a new one: apparently eating a Pop Tart into the shape of a gun (or a mountain, it was open to interpretation…) is “using food to make an inappropriate gesture” and a reason for suspension. Dear parents, make … Continue reading

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A Comment on Video Games and Violence

I suppose it was only a matter of time before someone claimed that “the video games made him do it,” referring to the young man who killed 26 people in a horrific burst of senseless violence in Newtown, CT. For … Continue reading

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It’s About Time We Have “The Video Game Talk”

Last Monday the Supreme Court ruled 7-2 to strike down a California law that banned the selling of violent video games to minors. The Supreme Court ruled that video games are allowed the same protection under the first amendment as … Continue reading

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To ban or not to ban: Selling violent video games to minors

Does the First Amendment bar a state from restricting the sale of violent video games to minors? That’s the question now before the Supreme Court in a case that will be argued next fall. In Schwarzenegger v. Video Software Dealers … Continue reading

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Index on Censorship Censors Itself

We couldn’t make this up. Not so long ago, Yale University Press, on direction from the university, pre-emptively self-censored images of Mohammed from The Cartoons that Shook the World by Jytte Klausen, a scholarly examination of the controversy that erupted … Continue reading

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NCAC, AAUP and Others Issue Call to Action Over Censorship in Response to Threats of Violence, Real and Imagined

The National Coalition Against Censorship and the American Association of University Professors, joined by leading groups in the academic, civil liberties, journalism, and free speech fields, issued a Statement of Principle and Call to Action urging governments, institutions and private … Continue reading

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Video games are ruining our children! A look at an amicus brief supporting CA violent video game law

Spilling a little red type.  GamePolitics does quick work on an amicus brief filed by the Eagle Forum (“leading the pro-family movement since 1972″) supporting California’s video game law by highlighting the most problematic claims of the brief. As GamePolitics … Continue reading

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Student Art Censored from Modesto Gallery Show

The art work of four art students at Ceres’ Central Valley High School (Ceres, CA) was rejected from the annual Young Masters Art Show. The Art Show, hosted by the Mistlin Gallery in downtown Modesto, CA, features the work of … Continue reading

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Berkeley: from free speech to no offense permitted

A recent incident a Berkeley’s Addison Street Gallery forced the City to review its guidelines on art shown in the gallery. The guidelines, which included a blanket ban on any representations of guns, had led to the cancellation to The … Continue reading

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