Thursday, October 11, 2007

To Ban or Not To Ban???

Please give thoughtful consideration to one of the following questions posted here.

Is it okay to have books on making bombs in the school library?
Will banning books keep people from reading them?
Television shows are censored, so are song lyrics—what makes books different?

46 comments:

Caryn S said...

Answering the second question-banning books will not keep people from reading them. If anything, it will encourage people to read them. When something is banned, people become curious about it. They want to know why it's banned, why they are being restricted.
That leads into the issue of the "you can't tell me what to do" mentality that most people have. People in general don't like to be controlled. It's part of human nature-people want to have control of their own life. When that freedom is taken away from them, they fight against it. In this case, they prove to the authorities that are banning the book that they can do what they want. They show them that those authorities can't control them-that they control themselves. They read the banned book.

marissas said...

ANsweromg the third question, I think that books are not like t.v. shows and song-lyrics because when people think of books they think "educational". Many parents would just be happy that their kids are even reading in the first place, so they did not put many restrictions on books. Many books on the banned book list are from a long time ago and they are banned for stupid reasons like for mentioning racism. This why books are not censpred as much as t.v. shows and songs.

AustinD said...

In response to question 2, I feel that banning books do not help keep them from being read. We know from the prohibition era is that people find ways around the rules by either sneaking it or distrubiting the text around. When people ban or challenge books, they usually have the public's interests in mind. However, people will smuggle foreign copies. Plus, as the public finds out and enforces new measures, newer methoods will be implimented and used. Like Caryn said, we can't tell everyone what to do, because one person won't play along.

rrapp said...

Banning books will not keep people from reading them simply because of human curiousity. People want to break rules and be scandelous. They want to know unknown and bad things.

RayS said...

Answering the second question i believe that banning book will not keep them from reading them. Well right now in class we are reading banned books. When somthing is band or hidden away it is only natural for a human to be curious. People will want to know more about the book and why its banned so they will read it. Also it is human intrists to break ruels so they will find some way to go around things to get to what they want.

matthewg said...

I don't think that banning books will keep people from reading them. If anything, they could buy the book while on a trip to Mexico, for example, and bring it back to the U.S. As long as copies of the book exist it's nearly impossible to keep people from reading it.

KelsieL said...

I don't think that banning books will keep people from reading them, if anything it will make people want to challenge the system and read the book. People in our society can be very stubborn and if they hear that they should not read something it sparks curiosity in them and makes them want to read it.

stephanief said...

Answering the second question- I think banning books just makes them more intriging. It makes people want to read them even more because they were or are banned. Also people people like controlling their own lives. Most people don't like to be told what they can or can't do or what they can or can't read. If you tell someone not to do something they most likely will do it. They challenge the system.

OliviaO said...

The question I chose to answer was Will banning books keep people from reading them.
My answer is no. Because the thing everyone wants most is the thing they cant have. You get curios and its the whole thing of challenging the system that just makes you want to do it more. Some people like the things the books are banned for or read them just to show they can. Its more fun reading a book when you know its banned.

erinp said...

1st question
No, I don't think it's ok to have books on making bombs in the school library. There are some people out there, even at AHS, that would want to find out how to make a bomb. They may not be planning on doing anything, just checking out the book, but it is still creepy to know that those types of books are in our school libraries. I think it's good that most school libraries don't have that type of book in them.

emilyh said...

To answer the third question, books are differnet from the internet and song lyrics because those need to be censored because people have less of a choice of whether they want to hear or see them then they do of reading books. Yes, people can listen to a specific "clean" type of music or watch "safe" T.V. but realistically people can't always avoid what they hear or see on TV if they accidentally stumble on something on televison or on the radio. However, they have the choice of whether or not they want to read something. Also, sometimes seeing things on TV is very graphic and real to viewers especially to little kids, who are easily influenced by TV. Some songs need to be censored when every other word is a cuss word because if people hear nothing but bad words all the time they will eventally start cussing all the time which will make other people start cussing all the time.Also, sometimes books have bad words in them to show a time period as realistically as they can or books will have rape in them becuase that is something that happens in the world and the author may be trying to prove a point to readers so that it will happen less in the future. These are legitimate reasons to justify putting bad words and rape in books while in music and T.V., they are not always legitimate reasons.

AlyssaC said...

I think the fact that books are considered "literature" or that they're 'classics' or what ever, makes them more accepted in society if they're banned compared to censored lyrics or televison. There will always be viewers or listener, or readers that will take sides in favor of the censorship, and there are those who oppose the censorship. I believe that the censorship of music and tv shouldn't be different from books. Of course there will be appropriate ages for the people who should view or listen to the show, or music. And half of the things that people don't want us to hear or see, we already know about, so it's not like there putting new ideas into our head. I believe that books shouldn't be different, but since they have been around for a much longer time than music and tv, that they are a more excepted idea.
But no matter where you look you can ALWAYS find flaws or mistakes, or something bad, so i think it just depends on what exactly your looking for in the music or tv.

RLangas said...

Banning books will not stop people from reading them. First of all they are still avaliable to the public. By human nature, forbidden things intrigue us. Mrs. Moritz in the fourth grade for exasmple. Her mom told her not to read a book and she read it out of curiosity.

HillaryR said...

In response to the first question, no it is not okay to have a bomb-making book in the school library. These kinds of books are available for a reader's "enjoyment" in other places but it is completely inappropriate for a school to offer that book in their library. One reason for this is the possiblity of school violence. Would a school really offer a book in its library that could lead to the deaths of some of its students? Books available in a school library should be educational like the purpose of schools. These books should intice the reader to think, entertain them, or provide information for their research papers. A mindless "Anarchist's Cookbook" is a book that goes against all that schools hold as sacred: knowledge that can PREVENT violence.

ashleyG said...

Banning books is useless and why it is done is beyond me. People that find the time to challenge literature and try refraining students from viewing the material are wasting their time. Kids of our generation are curious and telling them they can't read something only sparks their interest even more. In my opinion the banning of books is not worth it at all. Don't we want the kids of our generation to know how to handle certain situations and deal with problems as best they can? Banned books expose kids to problems they may one day face or give knowledge they may otherwise not learn about. A lot of the material that is banned can let kids know about difficult situations and help them to handle them better. Some situations however may be too advanced and in that case it is the job of a parent to tell their child whether or not the material is suitable.

matta said...

1: It is not okay to have books on making bombs in the school library because the school library is in a school. I belive having them open to the public is okay but schoold should be able to not have books they think are dangerous. There are already enough school shootings we don't need recipies for bombs redily available.

Madisont said...

Will banning books keep people from reading them?

In our society today, many people would agree that having something banned or something that we aren't allowed to do is very compelling. Most people today, in general, love temptation. Really, a "bad" scene or R rated book is something a lot of people find the most interesting. Human curiosity somehow is turned into "I need to read that book". In answer, yes they will read it because they have the challenge of the temptation and the school's or public's disapproval.

Mikenn@R said...

In response to the first question I am definetly against having books about how to make bombs in the school library. This information, while it may be interesting to some, should be of no use to any student in any school around the world. The effects could be potentially dangerous and having any type of book mentioning illegal activity and how to go about this could result in destruction of innocent people and buildings.

Oliviak said...

No, I don’t think banning books will keep people from reading them. Banning books could cause some people to become more interested in the books so they will want to read the books even more than before the books were banned. Even if the book is not available at the libraries there are many ways they could get their hand on the books. So banning books will not keep people from getting to them and reading them.

KelseyL said...

I think that it is not okay to have books on making bombs in a school library. I mean think about it, there are some crazy people out there and you never know what they might do. If you supply people with these books it is like you are telling them that it is okay to make bombs and they will go right ahead and make one. Also if these books are in a SCHOOL library the whole school is being put at risk because someone might go make a bomb with the books help and set it off in the school.

rachels said...

In response to the second question - I don't think banning books will keep people from reading them. If anything, it draws attention to the book. People might be curious to know what's so bad about the book, and they would want to make their own decision about it. Banning a book doesn't eradicate the text by any means; as long as the book is out there, people can and will find a way to read it.

patrickd said...

Answering the third question, I think that T.V. shows and songs are sensored because any five year old can have access to them. They will hear a word and not know its meaning and start blurting it out. in a book, most of the ones that have bad things in them are not ment for younger people so if they did happen to pick it up, it would seem boring to them and hard to comprehend so they wouldn't want to read it. Also, i don't know any childrens books that have bad words in it.

Alexm said...

Banning books will never stop people from reading them. This is because every book will have an idea that attracts a certain person. Banning a book will also increase tha publicity for the book and more people will know about it. This will increase the amount its read. The people will want to know about the ideas in the book and why it is banned. People will also want to know why the book is banned. They will be told not to read it, but they still will read due to curiousity.

jeffreys said...

In response to the first question, I do think that it is ok to have these books in a school library. Sometimes they may be required for research in a science class (if they are learning about nuclear energy or something). I think that these books should be monitored and students should be questioned if they try to check one out, but yes I think completely eliminating these books from the library is not something that should be done.

kennaw said...

It is true that television shows and music lyrics are censored but what makes books different are that you can't censor them. You can't beep out words or phrases of the book that are inappropriate and you can't block them with a password. Yes you can take them away so that children can't read them but you can't physically take words out of the book to make them okay. I do think it's wrong though to ban books because they were published for a reason. If they're are published that means it's a good book so you should be allowed to read them. Obviously the publisher published it for a reason. For them to be published and then banned is just a waste of time and effort for printing those hundreds of copies.

dermodys said...

#2. Banning books will never keep people from reading them, because people find a way. Just as Mrs. Moritz did when her mom told her she couldn;t read a book. Banning books seems to make people want read them much more then they did when they hadn't been banned. With all these things taken into consideration banned books will never ever truely keep people from reading what they want.

CatherineD said...
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CatherineD said...

It is okay to have books on making bombs in school libraries because of freedom of the press. The press has legal rights to print what they want. Also wouldn't it be better to have them reading books in a safer envioronment that the school chose.If you rescrict a child and do not allow them to explore a different aspect of life there could be catastrofic effects. The kid could go to a unsafe website to find out how to make a bomb. Do adults really want there kids finding out how to make a bomb without being supervised?

mollyd said...

I am answering the third question. I think song lyrics and TV shows are censored because if you can hear, you will hear what is being said and repeat it. These are also more commonly used than books. Books however don't appeal to people as much and you need more intelligence to read a book than to listen to or watch a TV show. Very rarely you hear people repeating lines from books, but all the time people are singing songs and telling others about TV shows that they watched. I think shows and music are also censored because a person other than you is saying the word out loud. In books you are reading the book so therefore when the word is said you are the one reading it off the paper, not an actor or singer.

Jacque said...

I believe the banning of books on constructing bombs in school libraries is completely permissible. These books present an enormous danger to the student body and absolutely no reason to read them exists. A student is not furthering their education or ability to relate to the human condition in reading such a book. The purpose of knowledge is to create a functional, mentally capable (well-informed), morally sound society. The knowledge a student could find in “Bombs 101” is harmful knowledge which achieves the polar opposites of these goals. There is absolutely no need for such dangerous material in our school libraries. Besides, it’s not like we’re restricting freedom of press or thought. If little Billy really did need to learn to make a bomb (going back to my previous point I don’t know WHY he would) he could check out “Bombs 101” from his public library or buy it from either a bookstore or online retailer. I just don’t believe it would be a beneficial piece of literature to have on the shelf of a school library inspiring violence in some and fear in others.

karlyh said...

Is it okay to have books on making bombs in the school library?
I think that this is a question that has many variables in it that could change the answer alot. I think that one thing to consider is the type of school the book is in. In one way it is not considered inappropriate material for younger kids and some parents might say that bomb books don’t belong in libraries. Some might say that books like this should be limited to the libraries of older students such as high school or college libraries and kept out of elementary school and middle school libraries. But is this the smarter way to handle books with questionable material? Who is more likely to build a bomb; a second grader or a twelfth grader?
Also what kind of material is in the book? If it is step by step instructions like a manual it may be more challenged than a book that just has a description of a bomb maker and how he does his job.
One thing that is bad about books such as this is that the content you read about and watch on TV ect. has an affect on you and your personality. Do you think that the shooters at columbine read books about daisies and watched cute little Disney movies?
I think that to keep the freedom of press these books should be kept available but they shouldn't be allowed in school libraries where they can be a danger to other people and a source of controversies.

AmberG said...

Books are different from television and songs because unlike T.V. they don't provide images that show you the bad things about it, and they are usually read once, unlike songs that you hear again and again tell the point where the massage is stuck in your brain and you start thinking of it as reality while a book is mostly just a story.

helenp said...

Banning books does not stop people from reading them. In fact, if a book is banned more people are likely to read it. There are a ton of books out there and most people have only heard of a fraction of them. By banning a book the book gets more publicity and acknowledgement. More people will want to read the book because they know about it or are just protesting it's banning. This happened two years ago at Arapahoe when a Toni Morrison book was "pulled off the shelves". Instead of one class of AP students having the option to read her book, many teens who couldn't fully comprehend the tough situations faced by Morrison in her writing ended up reading the book in protest.

Coled said...

Banning books will not prevent people from reading them, and will, if fact, spark a flame of curiosity among many readers. I believe that if parents want to protect their children from certain content within a book, they should place that responsibility upon themselves to prevent their kids from reading certain books. Unless a book sends private information that should not be viewed by the public, books should not be banned and people should be enabled to read about certain circumstances that do take place in real life in order to bring these topics to their realization since many people are confronted with one of the situations displayed in these books at some point in their life.

shannanp said...

To answer the second question, banning books will not at all prevent people from reading them. It will always be people's choices whether they read the book or not. By banning a book, whether it be at school or even throughout a whole state, people can still read the book in places other than where they are banned. If the bans were to be more enforced like laws, then people might not read the banned books as often. However, reading a book, even if it is banned is still our freedom and our choice. Also, by banning a book, it makes the group of people the book is banned to sometimes want to read the book more to either be rebellious or because they think that the book will be very contraversial, which makes for a great story. If a book is contraversial, then most of the time it has a more in depth plot and a better story since there is more to write about. These are the books that are banned most often and are read most often as well. So, since these books are both commonly banned and commonly read, bans do not limit people from reading the books.

evand said...

Q3-I don't think there is a difference between songs, tv, and books. They all are just trying to express the creators views. Some tv shows may be uneducational, but some books can be the same.

Tasha P said...

2. I think that banning books would not stop people from reading them because if a restriction is put on something, then people get interested in it. If someone hears about a book that they've never heard of being banned, they'll start to think: hmm...wonder why it was banned? If something is limited, it's almost guaranteed that people will try and exceed those limits. A book being banned doesn't stop people from reading it. If anything, people will try to break the rules and read the book anyway. Nobody can guarantee that the prohibition of an object or practice is ensured. People will find a way around the obstacle, thus proving that banning books will not prevent people from reading them.

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lisal said...

In response to the third question-Television shows are censored, so are song lyrics-what makes books different?

Unlike TV and music, books have no visual or auditory content. The interpretation of a book exists solely in the imagination of its' reader. When a book is censored, a piece of one's imagination is being taken away. Inappropriate elements in TV and music can be seen and heard, but when one is reading a book they have the option to mentally block out or change the content of the book. In this way, people can expand their education and experience events taking place throughout book in their own way.

delaney n said...

3rd question-

Television shows and song lyrics are sensored for obvious reasons: language, graphic content, violence, ect. Books are not censored, but banned altogether. There is definately a reason for this. Television and songs are difficult to avoid. Censored shows are on whenever you turn on the television, and you can almost always hear a "clean", edited version of songs on the radio. But books are something that you choose to read. The only step you have to take in staying away from them is to not read them. It is a much easier task to not read a book than to not watch a television program or listen to a song. Books should not even be in the same catergory.

sethd said...

answering the second question-banning books will not keep people from reading books. if anything it will make people want to read them more. i think this shows our inner child.
in todays society, rules are meant to be broken. so banning a book only makes it forbidden gold. people get more excitment reading books that are outside of the norm, showing that athorities cannot control them. to prove this they break the rule, of censor, and read the banned book.

JenniferB said...

Answering the 3rd question...
I think books are differnt when they are censored because they are a part of literarture and tell about our world's past, and even our future. I think that people decided that if we censor books, then we are being deprived of wonderful literature that can be beneficial to us.

MattN said...

I think that it is absolutely wrong to have books about making bombs or assembling guns of sort in public or school libraries. Some crazy guy has access to it without even getting on the internet. I think that this should definitaly be fixed and dealt with by city, state, and federal government because it is a very important issue. Some guy could gome blow us up without any trouble, he would just have to get and assemble all of the parts which with this book is very easy.

Kalyn K said...

I was absent when this was posted thats why it is late.

I think that it is okay to ban books in the school library but it will not keep people from reading them. This is because most people wonder why it is banned. They also read banned books to see if they agree with them being banned.
It is okay for books to be banned because some books are inappropriate for school, like the book about making bombs. But I also feel that some of the books they ban are unnecessary bans. Books that talk about drug abuse are one example of an unnecessary ban. I feel this way because kids these days are becoming more and more educated about drugs, sex, and alcohol and trying to keep us sheltered from it is dumb because we are exposed to it almost everyday anyways whether its on TV or its at school.

hbishop said...

My blog evidently didn't go through, so I'm re-typing it. Sorry

I response to the 1st question, it is not ok to have books about bomb making in schools. This can promote school violence not only with bomb making, but also with school shootings. This book need to be re-located to a place where students cannot get to them nor anyone for that matter.

hbishop said...

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