Free Speech 2007-style

You wait and wait and then a whole load come along at once…

Books are dangerous and you’d be best placed to avoid them. Especially in the US. Apparently taking down ISBNs gets you kicked out of the bookshop (they’re copyrighted, apparently – news to me and certain others). If you are silly enough to buy the book, then of course, Homeland Security will want to write it down (presumably they check it twice, while figuring out if you’re naughty or nice). Unfortunate enough to be a prisoner? Better check if it’s on the approved list of religious books (for prison libraries), then.

All this is but a preface to wishing you a very happy and thoughtful Banned Books Week

If there is a bedrock principle underlying the First Amendment, it is that the Government may not prohibit the expression of an idea simply because society finds the idea itself offensive or disagreeable.

(Justice William Brennan, US v Eichmann 496 US 310 (1990))

Of course, if Verizon does it (on the public spectrum) it’s OK. More on that in a bit.

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