Banned Book Week ~ Sept 24 – Oct. 1st

“Banned Books Week (BBW) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment.  Held during the last week of September, Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States.

Intellectual freedom—the freedom to access information and express ideas, even if the information and ideas might be considered unorthodox or unpopular—provides the foundation for Banned Books Week.  BBW stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints for all who wish to read and access them.” – from ALA website

As an English major, Reference Librarian wanna-be, parent, and firm believer in the freedom of choice I had to blog about BBW and what it means to all of us. So many people think that banned books are just books filled with smut or hard core porn but the dirty little secret is that most of the books on the list are banned because the content represents an opinion or idea that differs from the person or group challenging the title. Classic titles like To Kill A Mockingbird, Lord of the Rings, Native Son and The Call of the Wild were challenged based on racial issues,  use of violence and profanity, along with sexual reference.

But wait, there’s more – classics aren’t the only titles challenged in school & library boards across America. Current reader favorites like Harry Potter (right here in Gwinnett County in ’06), Crank by Ellen Hopkins (drugs, sex, language), Hunger Games (sexually explicit, violence) and Nickel & Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich (political & religious viewpoints) were challenged last year.

Why does this matter? It matters because a person or a group of people want to remove or restrict a book from everyone in their community because they don’t agree with what the author has written. Did I ask you to do that? Did I ask you to think for me? Did I ask you to make my decisions for me or protect me from something you perceive as evil? No, I don’t believe I did.

God gave me a brain and I enjoy using it. My parents taught me right from wrong and I understand actions & consequences. The Constitution gave me the 1st Amendment and I hold that privilege near and dear to my heart. Please don’t speak for me – I can do that fine all by myself.

Intellectual freedom should be protected, promoted and embraced and that is why I support Banned Books Week & the 1st Amendment. I don’t have to agree with everything you say or how you say it but I’m not going to stop you from saying it (no matter how annoying I find the message & delivery) because it is your right as an American.

If you don’t like what I have to say don’t censor or arrest me. Just don’t listen (or read). I didn’t make you find this post or force you to read it. You sought me out and decided to read what I have to say. That is the beauty of having a choice  and no one should take our right to choose  anything, even books, away.

Lorem Mother F**king Ipsum

  On September 9th Dr. Reed introduced the class to Lorem Ipsum, the dummy text used when laying out an article or webpage. We used it during a lesson for inserting graphics into our blogs – Dr. Reed also introduced us to Philosoraptor that day. I didn’t use Lorem Ipsum in my blog posting (more’s the pity since my blog is lacking in course content entries), I used Thomas Carlyle instead.  

   Today, I’d like to introduce the class to the Samuel L Ipsum generator used to create the “Motherfucking Place Holding Text Motherfucker!” Instead of random letters and symbols, this particular generator uses movie lines from Jackson’s many movie titles. Lines from the classic Quentin Tarantino films Pulp Fiction & Kill Bill to the horror fest that was Snakes on a Plane – this is the generator for a new generation for sure. Viewer discretion is advised!!!

 

 

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             Hold on to your butts

Well, the way they make shows is, they make one show. That show’s called a pilot. Then they show that show to the people who make shows, and on the strength of that one show they decide if they’re going to make more shows. Some pilots get picked and become television programs. Some don’t, become nothing. She starred in one of the ones that became nothing.Is she dead, yes or no?The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the iniquities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he who, in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother’s keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who would attempt to poison and destroy My brothers. And you will know My name is the Lord when I lay My vengeance upon thee.I gotta piss. Your bones don’t break, mine do. That’s clear. Your cells react to bacteria and viruses differently than mine. You don’t get sick, I do. That’s also clear. But for some reason, you and I react the exact same way to water. We swallow it too fast, we choke. We get some in our lungs, we drown. However unreal it may seem, we are connected, you and I. We’re on the same curve, just on opposite ends.Uuummmm, this is a tasty burger!My money’s in that office, right? If she start giving me some bullshit about it ain’t there, and we got to go someplace else and get it, I’m gonna shoot you in the head then and there. Then I’m gonna shoot that bitch in the kneecaps, find out where my goddamn money is. She gonna tell me too. Hey, look at me when I’m talking to you, motherfucker. You listen: we go in there, and that nigga Winston or anybody else is in there, you the first motherfucker to get shot. You understand?No, motherfucker Look, just because I don’t be givin’ no man a foot massage don’t make it right for Marsellus to throw Antwone into a glass motherfuckin’ house, fuckin’ up the way the nigger talks. Motherfucker do that shit to me, he better paralyze my ass, ’cause I’ll kill the motherfucker, know what I’m sayin’?I’m serious as a heart attackDo you see any Teletubbies in here? Do you see a slender plastic tag clipped to my shirt with my name printed on it? Do you see a little Asian child with a blank expression on his face sitting outside on a mechanical helicopter that shakes when you put quarters in it? No? Well, that’s what you see at a toy store. And you must think you’re in a toy store, because you’re here shopping for an infant named Jeb.

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Want more Samuel L. Jackson then check this out (NSFW)

Samuel L. Jackson reading \”Go the F**k to Sleep\”

Class Meme research – Lolcat

Lolcat meme is a classic meme that can be traced back to 4chan and the postings for “Caturdays” in 2006. The  I CAN HAZ CHEEZBURGER? website has propelled these sweet faced, smart-assed memes into the mainstream web culture, spawing other cat sites like Hipster Kitty, Ceiling Cat, and Nyancat. Lolcats have become so mainstream that you can find Lolcat calendars and books at your local Borders Barnes and Noble.

What is the meme: This is an “image macro” of a totally cute kitteh with one or two lines of text running across the picture. The text generally contrasts with the cute picture, creating a humorous image, hence the name given to the meme. Another unique feature to the Lolcats  is the strange way verbs are used, the lack of proper grammar and purposefully misspelled words like teh and kitteh. This pidgin comes from a combination of kitty speak and our far superior human language but you have to give the cute kittehs credit with trying to communicate with us – don’t see anything coming from the cute puppy camp now do you???

Why we like this meme: I think the appeal of this meme comes from its accessibility to everyday instances in our real lives (or the lives of our cats) expressed through harmless humor. The possibilities for creating your own meme are endless due in part to the simplicity of the meme. Cute, fuzzy, sweet and innocent kittens are everywhere; the Internet, your house, in a box outside the local shopping center, & image sites like Flickr or Google Images – find one, add some funny text and you’ve done it. Easy, peasy, lemon squeezy!

Where you can find lolcats: These memes have been turned into games, posters, t-shirts, YouTube videos and have been written up by legit publications such as Entertainment Weekly and BBC News.

“Last call” created by me : )                                                                                                    First attempt at the meme

Analysis of my meme – Taking the cute kitten and using it’s stumble to represent the drunken stumble of someone leaving a bar is consistent with the meme’s

Does the Internet make us stupid?

Just read the two articles for tomorrow’s class Is Google Making Us Stupid? & Spreadable doesn’t make it viral (which for some reason made me think of diseases and peanut butter & jelly sandwiches). After I read the Google piece I immediately thought to myself  “Well, welcome to my world people.” I’ve never been able to focus and concentrate on much my whole life – it’s called ADD. My brain flits from one shiny distraction to another shiny distraction.

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September 11th

Last December my family went to NYC to see the Christmas windows, revisit my husband’s old neighborhood on Staten Island, eat real New York bagels & pizza and to see the work being done at the WTC.

The actual location (and official memorial site) was still blocked off by big construction screens and scaffolding but there was this memorial on the corner of the building across the street from Ground Zero. It’s a metal relief plaque with images of the buildings, the Transit Authority, the Fire Department, and the Police Dept on it. The names of everyone who died during the attack were also listed – it was amazing to see and to touch.

Today is the dedication and official opening of the  national 911 memorial. Hopefully we will also get to visit this new memorial soon. Until then we’ll have to make do with the virtual tour offered online.

For anyone who wants to learn more about 911 here is a link for an extensive (and impressive) digital internet archive regarding the attacks that occurred that day. Be sure to check out the special collections and 9/11 links – it’s incredible! 

Welcoming Autumn to Georgia

 

The one red leaf, the last of its clan,
That dances as often as dance it can,
Hanging so light, and hanging so high,
On the topmost twig that looks up at the sky.
                            ~Samuel Taylor Coleridge

 

      

Extra Indians by Eric Gansworth

Extra Indians by Eric Gansworth, is a jumble of characters and their stories. Ranging from a lost Japanese tourist in search of the buried treasure mentioned in the movie Fargo to Frank, a struggling Native actor and the legacy he leaves his son, Gansworth fills his fourth novel with memorable characters. Vietnam, life on the Rez, and Dear John letters fill in all the blanks. Worth the effort it may take the casual reader to get to the conclusion.

. Due to the push-n-pull nature of the story I can only give it a 5 out of 10. 

The Last Leaf by Ok Go

So I’m not going to leak the twitter bonus word but I am going to link my favorite Ok Go video in homage to Dr. Reed’s unique choice