Tag Archives: freedomtoreadweek

Friday Fun Link – The 100 Jokes That Defined Modern Comedy

This is an amazing list covering all the jokes/skits/moments that have helped define our modern understanding of (and sometimes approach to) comedy.

FTRW 2016 – Day Seven – Saturday Snap – Freedom to Read in Cuba?

Below are a couple photos I took in Havana during our 2011 trip to Cuba. This was a street vendor stall selling books (which is good!) but most here (and in our hotel’s gift shop or anywhere else we found books) were heavily propagandistic (bad!). Cuba isn’t commercialized with billboards selling blue jeans and soda but in its […]

FTRW 2016 – Day Six – Friday Fun Link – A Wide & Varied Selection of Some of the Most Offensive Jokes Ever

Watch this… Then take your pick of these… Did any of the jokes above offend you? If so, watch this (ffwd to 3:20 if the link doesn’t start at the right place for you)… Still offended?  Watch this one too…

FTRW 2016 – Day Five – Throwback Thursday – #tbt – My #FTRW Interview on “Book Chick” Radio Show, CJTR, #yqr (Feb 2007)

I posted when this interview was being aired live for those wanting to tune in but I’ve never posted the archival copy of this interview as far as I can remember. It was a really fun interview with one of my former Sask Publishers Group colleagues, Jillian Bell, and I got say “nut sack” on the […]

FTRW 2016 – Day Four – Obama’s Nominee for Librarian of Congress Kicks Ass!

I feel like this year’s Freedom to Read Week series is a bit more toned down than the usual controversial swear-fest I enjoy creating each year. But there are things that happen on a less provocative level that have impacts on librarianship, censorship and access to information even if they don’t get an “R” rated […]

FTRW 2016 – Day Three – Political Censorship Ad

Watching the Democratic Presidential Town Hall so thought I’d post this (in)appropriate ad I came across on Reddit. To tie it back to censorship in a more serious fashion, it’s more important to remember that in various sectors but especially in politics, censorship isn’t just about the outright suppression of ideas – it also happens […]

#FTRW 2016 – Day Two – Music Monday – Most Controversial Music Videos of All-Time

Take your pick. Here’s #1 on the list which was pretty controversial (by design) at the time back in 1989 but seems relatively tame now…    

FTRW 2016 – Day One – Violent Video Games

It’s the most wonderful time of the (fucking) year!  😉 Yes, it’s Freedom to Read Week again, a holiday celebrated by librarians, writers, book lovers, artists, filmmakers and anyone else interested in the issue of censorship and free expression. As usual, I’m planning to do a week of posts on different topics to do with […]

Friday Fun Link – Breakdown of Swearing in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”

Some Resonant, Relevant Quotes on Free Speech and the Charlie Hebdo Massacre From The #MetaFilter Thread #jesuischarlie

So I wrote about the Charlie Hebdo massacre in a rather rambling manner the other day. I’m still thinking about what happened a lot – the conflict between unrestrained freedom of speech defenders (here!) and a sort of “Can’t we all get along/be kind and non-offensive to everyone” reaction which I have some sympathy to but […]