It is not for us to choose the words. Mr. Ginsberg, in telling his story, is telling the story as he sees it. He is using his words. There are books that have the power to change men’s minds and call attention to situations that are visible but unseen.
Now whether “Howl” is or is not obscene is of little importance to our world, faced as it is with the threat of physical survival, but the problem of what is legally permissible in the description of physical acts or feelings in arts and literature is of the greatest importance to a free society.
What is “prurient”? And to whom? The material so described is dangerous to some unspecified, susceptible reader. It is interesting that the person applying such standards of censorship rarely feels as if their own physical or moral health is in jeopardy.
The desire to censor is not limited, however, to crackpots and bigots. There is in most of us, a desire to make the world conform to our own views. And it takes all of the force of our own reason as well as our legal institutions to defy so human an urge. The battle of censorship will not be finally settled by Your Honor’s decision, but you will either add to liberal, educated thinking, or by your decision, you will add fuel to the fire of ignorance.
Let there be light. Let there be honesty. Let there be no running from non-existent destroyers of morals. Let there be honest understanding.
As it’s well known, Microsoft and Google are competitors and have openly been at war with each other. Last week there was a big Microsoft conference and ZDNet got a hold of a “legit” video from the conference where Microsoft paints Gmail in a very bad light with a parody video of Gmail and the “Gmail Man.”
OK. I’ll bite. The siren song of a new social media fad beckons, and I can’t avoid its call. So … I now have a Google+ account.
OK. I’ll bite. The siren song of a new social media fad beckons, and I can’t avoid its call.
So … I now have a Google+ account.
Facebook’s Journalism Program Manager Vadim Lavrusik puts together “Facebook and Journalism 101,” a tips and tricks guide for journalists and news organizations using the behemoth network.