Is your tendency to see overblown cries of censorship getting to be somewhat overblown itself? Yes, several books you list do refer to "censorship" or "silencing dissent". But some of the titles seem more reasonable. "Our Media, Not Theirs: The Democratic Struggle Against Corporate Media" seems to suggest that the corporations have too much influence, which is very different from saying that others are silenced. "The CNN Effect" and "The Press Effect" suggest bias studies, which is again not the same as claiming censorship. The title of Maher's book simply suggests that the government isn't telling us everything, which is a long way from silencing dissent. The books from Sontag and Starhawk you linked to had titles that did not seem to refer at all to any of the above themes.

You may not agree with those who claim that corporate media, media bias, and government silence are problems, but is it fair to accuse them of claiming "censorship"? It is true that SOME of the people discussing the issues don't seem to know the difference, but some do, and it seems unfair to dismiss their complaints by lumping them in with loonies claiming that dissent is silenced in a nationally available book.


Posted by: Timothy Roscoe Carter at November 20, 2002 09:24 AM

Just visiting from my wife's comments-enabled computer....

You know, Tim, maybe! Perhaps I should have kept to my literalist tendencies and refrained from using the phrase "all of this," lest I leave myself open to "lumping" charges. My only point, besides boring people with notes from my daily existence, was that boy, there sure are a lot of new books published in these two categories, regardless if some are loony-tastic & others are terrific. And it's useful for me to list them on a web post, because that way it's easier for me to find them later for buying/reading purposes, as opposed to searching in vain through yet another tiny reporter's notebook.

Posted by: Matt Welch at November 20, 2002 10:37 AM

Did you see the headline in this week's Onion?

Entrepreneur Takes Gamble On First-Ever L.A. Bookstore

Posted by: Jim Treacher at November 20, 2002 09:28 PM
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