Welcome To America, Thank You!

March 15, 2009

This is not entirely eBook related, but it does touch on why newspapers are dropping dead and why some fiction — and most mass entertainment — is such utter crap.

And it’s an excellent essay that really, really needs to be read by as many people as possible:

Shame

When we live in this reality where a redhead white woman can throw down about Tupac with a hip hop Asian kid who can walk into a bookstore and get briefed about the proper pronunciation of Tananarive from a hipster white guy who first learned about the Beast of London from a Chicano low-rider. It’s a crying shame.


Big Nanny Has Gone Insane

March 15, 2009

The New Book Banning
Children’s books burn, courtesy of the federal government.

It’s hard to believe, but true: under a law Congress passed last year aimed at regulating hazards in children’s products, the federal government has now advised that children’s books published before 1985 should not be considered safe and may in many cases be unlawful to sell or distribute.

Emphasis added by me.

And:

Burning Books for Consumer Safety? Really?

– via Twitter from @panhistoria


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