Banned books? People Still Read?

As we reflect and look ahead, 2014 goes on record as a year that, despite Internet and social networking milestones and information proliferation, has continued the world’s sad legacy of suppression and censorship. “A report by the Committee to Protect Journalists recorded at least 220 journalists were in prison around the world for reporting the news.” – Source: “The Year 2014 on Al Jazeera,” subhead “Press freedoms”

Here’s to global free speech and press.

A Matter of Scale

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The Written Word

The most powerful invention created by humanity right after fire, agriculture and the thrown rock (though not necessarily in that order).

The written word allows us to share information across time and space. To store ideas frozen for generations for new thinkers to review, revise, and even renew. Writing connects us with our past and with the future. From the Rosetta Stone to the Gutenberg Bible, writing consistently proved its value to Humanity again and again, allowing ideas, even forbidden ones, social and cultural taboos, their chance at immortality.

If they can get by the censors. For as long as we’ve been writing, there has been someone to say: Oh my god! You can’t write that! What if <insert sheltered group here> were to see this?

Censoring knowledge, hiding the written word is not new. Books can go from being literature to being banned in less than a…

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