Banned and Censored Media

Banned Books Week Read Out

Speak Out & Celebrate the Freedom to Read During Banned Books Week (September 21st to 27th)!

What do Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, The Bluest Eye, Where the Sidewalk Ends, Bridge to Terabithia , The Kite Runner, and Lord of the Flies have in common?
These books have all been banned and/or challenged


The Ithaca College Community is invited to participate in a Virtual Banned Books Read Out on Thursday, September 25th from 12:05 to 1:10 pm in the Ithaca College Library.  The Library will have a recording booth set up on the main floor, right as you walk in. We’ll edit together all the readers into a short film to be posted on the Library’s website and Vimeo channel.  Bring along your favorite banned selection -- 3 minutes of material is perfect. We’d love to know why you chose your selection, and how it impacts you.  Choose any banned material from banned books to suppressed media articles to your favorite foreign screenplay.  If you’d like to participate, but don’t know what to choose to read, we’ll have some of our favorite banned materials available.  

 

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. Books are most frequently banned or challenged if an institution or individual deems their content to be offensive.
 

Books: American Library Association (ALA)

The American Library Association (ALA) maintains a useful website of Banned & Challenged Books.  It answers the questions such as to, "What is the difference between a challenge and a banning?" and "Why are books challenged?"  It includes lists of banned book by author, by year, and by decade. There is also a link to statistics.

Each Year the ALA celebrates Banned Books Week:

"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."

Lists compiled by the ALA:

Books about Censorship by Subject

Selected books about Censorship

Journal Articles

Article Quick Search (EBSCO databases) by Subject: Suggested library databases:
Also search LexisNexis for current news and law review articles:
  • LexisNexis Academic
    Full-text access to continuously updated news, law, and business information. Highlights: News: newswires, transcripts, regional, national/international news, & Gallup Polls; Legal: law review articles, federal case law, and federal/state codes; Business: company profiles, country profiles, and SEC filings; People: directories from the entertainment industry, elected officials, executives, politicians, and obituaries.  Also has a section that includes full-text of several health newsletters and abstracts of articles in major medical journals.
SSRN may have som working papers:

Organizations

Coverage by the Ithacan, 2014

Definitions & Guides

  • Definitions of Expression of Concern, Oral Complaint, Written Complaint, Public Attack, and Censorship from ALA.
  • Triplett, W. (2004, April 16). Broadcast indecency. CQ Researcher, 14, 321-344.
  • Censorship. From: West's Encyclopedia of American Law. Ed. Shirelle Phelps and Jeffrey Lehman. Vol. 7. 2nd ed. Detroit: Gale, 2005. p296. Word Count: 152. 
  • Obscenity. From: West's Encyclopedia of American Law. Ed. Shirelle Phelps and Jeffrey Lehman. Vol. 7. 2nd ed. Detroit: Gale, 2005. p296. Word Count: 152. 
Also try searching CQ Researcher for background information. Here are their guides for Communication and the Mass Media: Regulation and Legal issues

Related Guides

Banned & Challenged Classics @IC Library

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