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review 2017-11-26 09:00
Goodreads' Censorship: G.R. Reader's Off-Topic
OFF-TOPIC: The Story of an Internet Revolt by G.R. Reader - G.R. Reader
The closest source I have to hand "the doctrine that knowledge, truth and morality exist in relation to culture, society, or historical context, and are not absolute" does seem to cover some of the arguments dealing with Goodreads' censorship. I don't deny that the world's a complex place but when you get down to the nitty gritty I don't see a third space we've carved out for yourselves between relative and absolute values. Literature is not just a social pursuit - if it was, it would be a hobby. Name an education free of the teaching of it in our society? And why would it be universal to our society in that way? It is, in Donne's sense, involved with our social sphere in a way that buying small-gauge railway models is not. But if you are determined that literature is just a social pursuit then indeed, we have no further point to discuss.
 
Amazon are compelling us. One may wish to view it simply as they are offering each of us a choice, and that if sufficient numbers of us choose then we will have in effect voted to change our society - in ways we may not have considered, in ways we may not want, in ways that a minority of us who have never purchased anything from them are powerless to resist. They are no more compelling us than cigarette manufacturers, or the government, or drug dealers, or manufacturers of greenhouse gases, or the nazis, and so on, and so on. I see the logic of laissez-faire capitalism, even extended to the cultural and social sphere. 
 
 
If you "suffered" at the "hands" of GR, read on

 

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review 2017-09-02 15:09
Cute but not without its issues for this reader
Travel and Spice (Famous on the Internet, Book Two) - Alina Popescu

Ultimately this was a cute, low angst, easy read.

 

 

However it did have some issues that I couldn't overlook:

 

There were too many sex scenes for such a short story and few of those advanced the story or characterisation.

 

I also struggled in the early part of the book with Dante's internal musings, I found them repetitive and occasionally contradictory.

 

The use of the word 'clean' when the boys decided to bareback. I can accept this wording in an older book. However in recent years there have been many discussions about the use of the word in this context (gay guys who are not HIV positive) and how many gay men find this offensive. I would prefer writers consider the impact of that word and not use it.


Overall it was a satisfactory read that filled a few pleasant hours.

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review 2017-08-24 00:00
Travel and Spice (Famous on the Internet, Book Two)
Travel and Spice (Famous on the Internet, Book Two) - Alina Popescu Dante is a travel blogger living up the life and soaking in the experience. While abroad on a traveling job he receives word that his high school reunion is coming up. Although he didn't have the best high school experience and he was bullied he still wants to attend. It's not all just about seeing his high school crush, Tommy, either. Tommy wouldn't even be there considering he was a year ahead of Dante (or so Dante tries to justify).

I enjoyed the story immensely I thought it was cute and sweet. Dante and Tommy were fun characters to get to know. Dante's career choice seemed cool and I'm glad he finally found someone that could respect and trust his career choice and character. I loved the jealousy exhibited by Tommy. The insecurity of Dante and the all around support displayed. It was heartwarming.

An ARC was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.
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review 2017-08-14 12:35
NIgdy nie wiesz, kto jest po drugiej stronie... - "Sekretne spotkanie" Jean Ure
Autor: Jean Ure
Tytuł: Sekretne spotkanie
Liczba stron: 192
Wydawnictwo: Jaguar

 

Internetowe znajomości w dzisiejszych czasach stały się codziennością. Ma to swoje zalety, ale zawsze trzeba pamiętać, by zachować ostrożność. Skąd bowiem mamy mieć pewność, kto jest po drugiej stronie? Czy nie podszywa się pod kogoś innego? Jakie ma tak naprawdę zamiary wobec nas?
Megan i jej najlepsza przyjaciółka, Annie, wciąż pakują się w jakieś tarapaty. Chowają się w szkolnej szafie albo przychodzą na lekcje z ptasimi gniazdami we włosach. Annie sporo czasu spędza na chatroomach i usiłuje namówić do tego również Megan. Choć jest to dla niej bardzo trudne, dziewczyna uparcie odmawia, pamiętając że mama surowo zabroniła jej odwiedzania tego typu serwisów. Czy mimo wszystko da się skusić, gdy na horyzoncie pojawi się szansa rozmowy z córką jej ulubionej pisarki? Tymczasem zbliżają się jej dwunaste urodziny i Annie szykuje dla przyjaciółki prezent-niespodziankę...
Jean Ure w "Sekretnym spotkaniu" serwuje czytelnikom pouczającą historię o niebezpieczeństwach czyhających w Sieci. Uświadamia, jak łatwo można dać się nabrać, gdy nie zachowa się należytej ostrożności i jakie mogą być tego skutki. Warto jednak podkreślić, że autorka ostrzega, lecz nie demonizuje (ani tego medium jako całości, ani nawet czatów), dzięki czemu książka może stanowić świetny punkt wyjścia do rozmowy z dzieckiem na temat korzystania z internetu. Polecam młodym czytelnikom i ich rodzicom. Warto.
Za egzemplarz serdecznie dziękuję Wydawnictwu Jaguar!
Source: ogrodksiazek.blogspot.com/2017/08/nigdy-nie-wiesz-kto-jest-po-drugiej.html
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review 2017-07-03 00:00
You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost): A Memoir
You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost): A Memoir - Felicia Day She's so relatable and sweet in this book. I like her even more after reading it. I'm not a big gaming, but I still found it easy to understand when she talked about that part of her life. Her upbringing is very interesting also.
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