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Pennypacker & The Pussycat: Political Cartoon Censorship in 1903 Pennsylvania

January 18, 2013
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Pennypacker & The Pussycat: Political Cartoon Censorship in 1903 Pennsylvania

A recent snippet in Comic Book Resources’ column “Comic Book Legends Revealed” brought to our attention a 1903 tale of attempted cartoon censorship and political intrigue in Pennsylvania. We’ve found some more background info in an article by Steven Piott from the journal Pennsylvania History, and we hope that our readers will find it as…

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President Recommends Yet More Research on Video Games, Violence

January 18, 2013
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President Recommends Yet More Research on Video Games, Violence

Yesterday, President Obama issued his list of recommendations for Congress and executive actions he plans to take in order to address gun violence in the United States. As anticipated, video games received only a minor mention in the 13-page document, even though Vice President Biden devoted an entire day to meetings with entertainment industry representatives…

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Veep’s Violent Media Debate Leading Nowhere

January 16, 2013
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Veep’s Violent Media Debate Leading Nowhere

This week, President Obama is expected to issue a list of recommendations for Congress and executive actions that he may take in an attempt to prevent mass shootings similar to the one that happened in Newtown, Connecticut, on December 14. These recommendations will be based on findings compiled by Vice President Joe Biden, who has…

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NEVERMIND: CT Community Cancels Plan to Destroy Violent Media

January 10, 2013
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NEVERMIND: CT Community Cancels Plan to Destroy Violent Media

Last week we told you about a community organization in the town of Southington, Connecticut, that planned to collect and burn violent video games and other entertainment media. But yesterday, after much coverage from blogs and the press, SouthingtonSOS announced that it will not go ahead with the plan due to “logistical details.” In a…

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Library Director Who Banned NEONOMICON Defends Decision

January 7, 2013
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Library Director Who Banned NEONOMICON Defends Decision

Late last year, after several months of deliberation, Alan Moore’s graphic novel Neonomicon was removed from the Greenville County, South Carolina, public library system based on a unilateral decision by library director Beverly James. The ban went against a recommendation from the library’s own content review committee, as well as a letter of protest from…

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Connecticut Town To Destroy Video Games And Violent Media

January 4, 2013
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Connecticut Town To Destroy Video Games And Violent Media

In the wake of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, a community organization in the nearby town of Southington is organizing a buyback program to collect video games, DVDs, and CDs deemed to be violent. According to gaming site Polygon, after the collection on January 12, the media will be “snapped,…

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Santa’s Pipe Missing from New Edition of Classic Poem

December 13, 2012
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Santa’s Pipe Missing from New Edition of Classic Poem

Many of the traits now attributed to Santa Claus in English-speaking countries — jolliness, rotundity, eight tiny reindeer, a penchant for sleigh travel and chimney diving — have their origin in the classic poem “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” written in 1823 by Clement Clarke Moore. In a new picture book version “edited…for the benefit…

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CBLDF Signs On Against Massachusetts Challenge

December 6, 2012
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CBLDF Signs On Against Massachusetts Challenge

The season of book challenges and bans continues for CBLDF, the Kids’ Right to Read Project, and allied groups, which yesterday issued a letter in defense of two books targeted for removal from 9th and 10th grade classrooms in Springfield, Massachusetts. The books, The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore and frequently-challenged The Absolutely True…

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Utah Mom Sues to Return Book to Library Shelves

November 15, 2012
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Utah Mom Sues to Return Book to Library Shelves

Earlier this year Patricia Polacco’s picture book In Our Mothers’ House, which depicts a happy and racially mixed family headed by two lesbians, was placed under restricted access in a Davis, Utah, School District elementary library. The book was segregated behind the library counter, where students could only access it with a signed permission slip…

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Challenge to UNCLE BOBBY’S WEDDING Rejected in Missouri

November 1, 2012
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Challenge to UNCLE BOBBY’S WEDDING Rejected in Missouri

The frequently-challenged children’s picture book Uncle Bobby’s Wedding has weathered another confrontation, this time in the St. Louis suburb of Brentwood, Missouri. Last week, the Brentwood Public Library Board of Trustees unanimously voted to leave the book in the children’s section, despite a parent’s complaint that it “advocates an illegal activity” — same-sex marriage. Uncle…

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