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Georgia Bill Possible Threat to Parody, Protected Speech

March 4, 2013
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Georgia Bill Possible Threat to Parody, Protected Speech

For the second year in a row, there is a bill in the Georgia legislature that proposes to outlaw using Photoshop or other digital imaging software to make someone appear to be nude or engaged in sexual activity. The Democratic-sponsored House Bill 39 came to our attention recently after one of its co-sponsors demonstrated a…

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Police Investigating Whether Sandy Hook Shooter Emulated Video Game

February 20, 2013
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Police Investigating Whether Sandy Hook Shooter Emulated Video Game

Since Adam Lanza’s December 12 attack on Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, video games and their putative connection to violent behavior have been much discussed in the media and by government officials. Now a new profile of Lanza and his mother Nancy from the Hartford Courant reports that police are investigating whether Lanza “might…

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Researcher Proves Wertham Fabricated Evidence Against Comics

February 13, 2013
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Researcher Proves Wertham Fabricated Evidence Against Comics

If you’ve been reading the CBLDF blog for a while, you are undoubtedly familiar with Fredric Wertham, the child psychologist whose 1954 book Seduction of the Innocent claimed that comics transformed innocent children into depraved juvenile delinquents, making Wertham almost single-handedly responsible for decades of comics censorship. Although it is already fairly obvious to most…

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Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi Defends Video Games

February 11, 2013
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Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi Defends Video Games

As you may have noticed, we’ve been closely following the debate in Congress and the media over violent video games. Too often, elected officials such as Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-KY) and Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) have made fallacious claims linking video games to violent behavior, despite copious evidence to the contrary. So, we are gratified…

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YALSA Announces Great Graphic Novels for 2013

February 8, 2013
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YALSA Announces Great Graphic Novels for 2013

The Young Adult Library Services Association’s latest annual list of Great Graphic Novels is out! Books are nominated for inclusion on the list by members of YALSA, a division of the American Library Association, and then voted on by a committee made up of school and public librarians from across the United States. The books…

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Controversial Artwork Back on Display in Newark Library

January 29, 2013
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Controversial Artwork Back on Display in Newark Library

A controversial charcoal drawing that was covered up for more than a month is back on display in the Newark, New Jersey, public library. Kara Walker’s work “The Moral Arc of History Ideally Bends Towards Justice But Just As Soon As Not Curves Back Around Toward Barbarism, Sadism, and Unrestrained Chaos,’’ which is on loan…

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Suspended Student Poet Allowed Back to School

January 25, 2013
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Suspended Student Poet Allowed Back to School

We have a quick update on Courtni Webb, the San Francisco high school student who was suspended from school last month after a teacher found a poem that mentioned the Newtown shootings in her private notebook. According to a blog post from the National Coalition Against Censorship, Courtni’s suspension was lifted yesterday and she has…

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California Student Suspended for Newtown Poem

January 23, 2013
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California Student Suspended for Newtown Poem

Remember the 16-year-old from New Jersey who was arrested last month after a teacher reported his notebook doodles of “what appeared to be weapons?” Now the same sort of hypervigilance on the part of school officials has caused another teen in San Francisco to be suspended and possibly expelled from school for her private creative…

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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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