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October 26, 2016

The thought of banned books – or banned anything – is interesting and I liked the author’s thought about the possibility of placing ratings on books as we’ve done with movies. The two lists are interesting although I’m not sure if these are recommended for straight bans or for bans for a reader of a certain age.

It's All in Finding the Right Words

banned_books US Department of Labor Blog

Every year another book-hits-the-fanfor its over-the-top content. Something about the book suddenly offends someone and the world is then notified… therefore the “bad” book gets all kinds of press and is “banned” from public consumption.

I suspect that the more attention that is placed on a banned book, the more consumers step-up-to-the-plate to read the offence-to-the-masses.

Maybe there ought to be ratings placed on books as we have on movies? But to silence the voices that one does not approve of or happen to appreciate their point-of-view or content… this is not good for our society as a whole.

(I am now stepping down from my pulpit…) 

If you would like to see (or maybe even browse through) a book that has shaken the mores of our world, below are the two most current lists.

100 Most Frequently Challenged Books 1990–1999

  1. Scary Stories (series)…

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