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Jerry Sandusky’s Autobiography

November 12, 2011

This article has nothing to do with technology, but seems relevant to LIS.  Briefly, it describes the outcry over Penn State’s bookstore continuing to hold Jerry Sandusky’s autobiography on its shelves.  The quotes of outrage and comments show a lot of hypocrisy about 1st amendment rights, especially in an “Occupy X” climate.

Thoughts on why Penn is/isn’t an appropriate place for the book to be on shelves?

-P

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  1. derek permalink*
    November 13, 2011 12:54 pm

    As we are coming up on intellectual freedom in week 14, it’s actually not so off-topic. The key issue is one of collection development: a collection serves a community and the community of PSU is really screwed up IMHO (rioting because a criminal coach was only fired? Really?). BTW: witnessing, knowing of, or otherwise abetting child molestation is a crime in and of itself. Hence, ‘Jo Pa’ should face jail time like every other common criminal. But I digress, if the “community” of PSU decides it’s wrong to have that book, then they are right as they support that collection. Many people wrongly conflate freedom of thought and expression with the right to force other people to pay for it. There’s no reason for my public library to collect pornography (they never have) and it is not censorship if they fail to purchase pornographic materials. If it turns out selling Sandusky’s book pays for his further adventures, then I can think of no more obscene scenario than to continue to sell the foul thing or to use public funds to enhance sales prospects. Cutting that public umbilical cord is not censorship, it’s democracy in action.

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