Monday, October 06, 2008

The allure of big fuss.

18 comments:

Teacherninja said...

Yup. I once heard someone say we should just outlaw reading for anyone under ten. Think of the underground that would pop up! Reading would instantly be the coolest thing around.

Marq said...

So true. At least, until the kid realizes what they're reading is utterly boring. Like Playboy.

Jerry Adams said...

the forbidden fruit always tastes the best

Jon Swerens said...

Sure has worked for the Bible in China.

Tim said...

We could have some real fun with this and create an infinite loop. Ban something completely unreadable such as Faukner and watch the kids' heads explode.

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure if I agree. Which comes first: the desire to read it, or the banning?

And 'kids' is an unlikely word. I teach middle schoolers. Many don't even want to read things we 'adults' would think, like Harry Potter or whatever.

-ISammael

Mike said...

Well I'm to late to get a "ban all books" comment in first.

A Paperback Writer said...

I think it works with adults, too.
I've certainly picked up a book and read it merely to see why it had been banned. Haven't you?

The Digital Gabeg said...

What's funny is, this truth applies all they way up the ladder of maturity. Kids want banned books because they don't trust that the people who banned them are acting in their best interests. For the same reason, nothing sells me on an iPhone app more than hearing that Apple pulled it from their app store.

J.Ro said...

So true. The funny thing is my friends and I tried to look up as many once-banned books as we could get our hands on. A Clockwork Orange was, perhaps, my favorite, not to mention all the others.

davopavo said...

teacherninja wins

Cache said...

I wanted to do my 11th grade AP focus on Kurt Vonnegut and I got free copies of Sirens of Titan and Cat's Cradle; they weren't banned from being taught, just not allowed.

darklyndsea said...

The sad thing is, if you reverse the axes it's also true.

Anonymous said...

Could you make this one a tshirt? I would buy it...

erin meagan said...

Reading is a fabulous outlet.

If this were a tshirt, i'd want it.

Kevin said...

Your graph shows that the desire to read increases exponentially as the number of times banned goes up, ie: slow growth at start, fast growth later on, I tend to think it would instead be fast growth as times banned is low, and slower growth as the number increases, since a book that has been banned 8 times compared to another banned 5 times seems like a much bigger deal than a book banned 1200 times compared to a book banned 1100 times. Just my opinion.

Anonymous said...

So let's start banning!

Anonymous said...

XD We have a poster up at our high school library that says "Banned Books" and lists books that have been banned at one time or another.

 
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