No one was censored
Posted May 6, 2012 17:18 UTC (Sun) by clump
In reply to: No one was censored
Parent article: Linux Format censored over 'Learn to Hack' feature (bit-tech)
However, the global effect of such commercial decisions can effectively add up to censorship. We should pay attention _before_ that happens, because afterwards it can be too late to get it changed without momentous cultural shifts.
This is the crux of the argument. I don't read it as suggesting that there be an arbitrator that tells a retailer what's permissible to sell. I read it as a suggestion to be mindful of the size and influence of those we buy things from. I very much agree with this point.
Sidestepping political conversation, there are ways to address the issue. As others have noted, you can change the title of the article. You can also apply pressure to the retailer. You can open your own book store. You can work hard to write things that will not offend others. Whether you should have to do those things is another discussion entirely.
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