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review 2015-08-16 14:57
Free Speech: A Very Short Introduction - Nigel Warburton

Covers a good amount, including copyright.  Love this series.

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photo 2014-04-21 12:20

(source:  XKCD)


TRUTH. This needs to go viral on the internet.

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review 2013-12-23 16:17
The Holocaust on Trial - D.D. Guttenplan

As I write this, some dude with a too long beard is in trouble because he is a homophobic idiot who not only has too much money and a television but gives interviews and doesn’t realize about words.


                Now, this man, whose name I could quite easily look up but whose name I don’t wish to look up because he is a homophobic jerk who believes Jim Crow laws caused African Americans to be happy, has an absolute right to open his stupid month and show everyone what a complete bastard and racist he is.


                And I have a right not to mention his name and say how.  Freedom of speech cuts ways, smart speech and intelligent non-offensive speech alike.  Which means, he can say what he wants, but people can boycott the channel and the channel in question can even fire him because of morality clause and what not.

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review 2013-11-03 22:05
Return of the Jedi: Extended Goodreads Edition
Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi - James Kahn,George Lucas,Lawrence Kasdan

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away there was a Rebel Alliance of Jedi Knights fighting and defeating the evil Galactic Empire. You can find out all about that in this book and the other installments of the Star Wars Trilogy (the original one, that is). Or you can just go and watch the movies, which is actually preferable anyway.


Not quite so long ago in this site's neighboring galaxy of Goodreads, there was a book page for a book entitled "The Great Goodreads Censorship Debacle" by an author named G.R. MacGoodreader, which, along with a large number of reviews, was deleted by Goodreads management, striking back against unwanted commentary on the Friday, September 20, 2013 announcement of Goodreads's new policy, which in the opinion of those who had posted the reviews, had taken the site several galaxies away from the New Hope for book lovers worldwide that it had formerly been. For the deletion of Mr. MacGoodreader's book, no explanation was given whatsoever. The reviews were deleted on the grounds that they were "off topic" (though when questioned by the reviewers concerned, Goodreads management would occasionally also take to explaining that, no, actually, their particular review wasn't off topic, it had merely been deleted because Goodreads had concluded other users might find it annoying).


Yet, to those who mourned Mr. MacGoodreader's swift passing, fear not: The Jedi have returned – with light sabers, droids, and most importantly, a real book.


It contains, I am informed, many of the deleted reviews and opinion pieces, as well as a small number of additional texts.


May The Force Be With It.

Source: www.lulu.com/shop/gr-reader/off-topic-the-story-of-an-internet-revolt/ebook/product-21281235.html
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review 2013-11-03 12:14
Hydras and Readers
The Hydra (Monsters of Mythology) - Bernard Evslin

The Hydra, as everyone knows who is either familiar with Greek mythology or with the reviews that have lately been posted on Goodreads for this particular book, is a monster that is virtually impossible to defeat, because for every one of its multiple heads that is being chopped off, it grows two others.


Until September 20, 2013, the only Hydra-esque phenomenon that the Goodreads community had to worry about on that website was the Sock Puppet Hydra.


(Image by Glendon Mellow a/k/a The Flying Trilobite, Creative Commons licensed CC BY 3.0)


Then, in the wake of the new reviewing policy as announced on Friday, September 20, 2013, the Hydra took to reviews.


After Goodreads had started deleting reviews (including many of those posted for this particular book) on the grounds that they were "off topic," also on a Friday afternoon (U.S. time) – which lately seems to be the moment to watch out for important new developments on that site – a mysterious new author named G.R. MacGoodreader created a book page on Goodreads for a book entitled "The Great Goodreads Censorship Debacle." By the next Monday, McGoodreader and his book were gone, or so it seemed. Head chopped off.


Well, as it turns out, Mr. McGoodreader is actually called G.R. Reader, and he, too, was merely a Hydra in disguise – a multi-headed creature just like the one from Greek mythology. He – or they – are back. And with a real book, too.


I'm told it makes for an interesting read.

Source: www.lulu.com/shop/gr-reader/off-topic-the-story-of-an-internet-revolt/ebook/product-21281235.html
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