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J Roberson <[log in to unmask]>
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Mon, 24 Oct 1994 08:43:44 -0500
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>impose it themselves. For example, when choosing one item for a library over
>another, you are exercising a form of censorship.
That is not censorship. That's resource management. If I decide to go see
movie A instead of movie B because I only have enough cash for one movie,
is that censorship? No. It's making a decision based more on money than
content - content only determines which film I'll see first.
>sake. For example, I would not consider letting my four year old nephew watch
>a horror movie because a)the certificate it probably carries denotes that it is
>unsuitable for someone of his age and b) it would terrify him unnecessarily.
I don't like to tell other people how to raise their kids. WHen I think
of censorship, it is at the level of public institutions. I wouldn't want
a librarian keeping that same movie from being carried at the library just
because it might terrify folks unnecessarily. I think the "resource
managemnent" part above comes into play here, though - I can think of many
movies that should be carried by libraries before they take any "slasher"
flicks ;)
J Roberson