Censoring Culture: Contemporary Threats to Free Expression

Censoring Culture: Contemporary Threats to Free Expression

by Robert Atkins
     
 

ISBN-10: 1595580972

ISBN-13: 9781595580979

Pub. Date: 04/15/2006

Publisher: New Press, The


If your idea of censorship is an anonymous bureaucrat in a government office exercising prudish control over "offensive" art and speech, wake up and smell the conglomeration. Censorship today is just as likely to be the result of a market force or a bandwidth monopoly as a line edit or the covering of a nude sculpture, and the current system of new technologies…  See more details below

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If your idea of censorship is an anonymous bureaucrat in a government office exercising prudish control over "offensive" art and speech, wake up and smell the conglomeration. Censorship today is just as likely to be the result of a market force or a bandwidth monopoly as a line edit or the covering of a nude sculpture, and the current system of new technologies and economic arrangements has subtle, built-in mechanisms for suppressing free expression as powerful as any known in other centuries.

In Censoring Culture, the nationally known author of the ArtSpeak books and the head of the National Coalition Against Censorship’s Arts Program bring together the latest thinking from art historians, cultural theorists, legal scholars, and psychoanalysts, as well as first-person accounts by artists and advocates, to give us a comprehensive understanding of censorship in a new century.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781595580979
Publisher:
New Press, The
Publication date:
04/15/2006
Pages:
353
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : censorship in camouflage
1Money talks : the economic foundations of censorship3
2Private philanthropy and the arts : does anybody want an artist in the house?10
3Private censorship, corporate power15
4American music challenges the copyright tradition29
5Revisiting free exchange : the art world after the culture wars51
6On edge : alternative spaces today58
7Market censorship67
8Unfair trade practices in bookselling80
9The military-industrial complex is dead! : long live the military-media-industrial complex!83
10High wire[d] act : balancing the political and technological91
11Creativity in real space96
12Hacking culture117
13How the IP guerillas won : ark, adbusters, negativland, and the "bullying back" of creative freedom and social commentary132
14The metaphysics of networks149
15Power, politics, new technology, and memory in the age of the Internet159
16Protection or politics? : the use and abuse of children167
17Media effects173
18Taboos, trust and titillation : teens talk about censorship : a roundtable discussion with high school and college students185
19Violent video game players mysteriously avoid killing selves, others199
20Censorship : the sexual media and the ambivalence of knowing202
21"Not a pretty picture" : four photographers tell their personal stories about child "pornography" and censorship213
"Not a pretty picture" : four photographers tell their personal stories about child "pornography" and censorship215
"Not a pretty picture" : four photographers tell their personal stories about child "pornography" and censorship219
"Not a pretty picture" : four photographers tell their personal stories about child "pornography" and censorship224
22Child pornography law and the proliferation of the sexualized child228
23Invasion of the kiddyfiddlers241
24When words and images cause pain : the price of free speech251
25Pitfalls in fighting "nigger" : perils of deception, censoriousness, and excessive anger256
26The past is prologue, but is parody and pastiche progress?270
27Beyond good and evil279
28My memorial to Patrick Tillman284
29The new meaning of bias287
30The censor within299
31To discern, to discriminate, and to decide : censorship and institutions304
32Taking offense317
33The ubiquitous censor : artists and writers on self-censorship319
The ubiquitous censor : artists and writers on self-censorship321
The ubiquitous censor : artists and writers on self-censorship325
The ubiquitous censor : artists and writers on self-censorship327
The ubiquitous censor : artists and writers on self-censorship329
The ubiquitous censor : artists and writers on self-censorship332
The ubiquitous censor : artists and writers on self-censorship335
34A psychoanalyst's perspective on artists and censorship340

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