Suggested Reading: @#$% Censorship

– “A refusal made by the dispossessed, grounded in historical conditions of egregious injustice, is fundamentally different from the domineering censorship by the powerful of the weak. The original claim against “Exhibit B” was a powerless claim, right down to its inability to directly effect any change beyond a petition and street protest, and whose underlying principle of autonomy has more than a little to do with the justification for free speech in the first place.” Mostafa Heddaya asks “what exactly is censorship? via Hyperallergic 

– “Once one becomes aware of the vast examples of illegal commercial advertising, the anti-graffiti crusade seems both ridiculous and an example of really poor bureaucratic taste; the arrest of the three members of The Illuminator looks like an intentional targeting of protest.” Read more in Julia Friedman’s article  How Selective Enforcement of Illegal Advertising Laws Punishes Creative Activism. Via Hyperallergic


Hong Kong protests: Instagram ‘blocked’ in China as candid images expose reality of rallies. Via The Independent

– “Shouldn’t people be able to write such things? Criticism and satire is something that today’s intellectuals should do. Compliment on things done right, and criticize faults, because politicians do have faults. Politicians have some responsibility for social conditions. But if a person writes such things, they [the police] search them and arrest them. So I try not to write these days.” Debate over censorship of political satire has flared up again in South Korea. Korea Real Time hit the streets to talk to South Koreans about their views on freedom of expression in art. Via WSJ Korea Realtime

– In Jefferson County, Colorado, students and teachers have organized protests against a new conservative agenda that would censor A.P. U.S History materials. “The (school) board has proposed the creation of a new curriculum board that would ensure that AP U.S. History materials “promote patriotism” and don’t “encourage or condone civil disorder, social strife or disregard of the law.” The Jefferson County board proposed the curriculum changes in response to the College Board’s new AP U.S. History framework, which conservatives have decried as a “radically revisionist view of American history.” Via Talking Points Memo

– And now for something uncensored. Make your way out to DUMBO on Tuesday, October 7th for a one time only performance titled  On the Impossibility of Freedom in a Country Founded on Slavery and Genocide, a collaboration between More Art and the artist and activist Dread Scott. “On the Impossibility of Freedom in a Country Founded on Slavery and Genocide is a performance about the struggle for freedom,” said Scott. “People yearn for freedom and have repeatedly struggled against oppressive governments, economic, political and social relations. People have taken great risks in a fight for emancipation and have often been battered in the process.” Via More Art

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