March 10, 2017
— classic literature, Libraries, Ray Bradbury
I heard their making a book censorship app. So, now people can read their favorite offensive classics without the worry of having their beliefs challenged. Nietzsche’s work will now challenge the author with the revelation “is God Dead?”
So I bought the app and tested it out. I was shocked to find that it had no effect on my PDF copy of “Mein Kampf”. And why do I have a copy of “Mein Kampf”? Because, I enjoy reading Germanic Mythology. Plus, who doesn’t enjoy a good comedy.
But this is a deep concern of mine. Instead of book burning in the past. The future will be books re edited until the first editions dissolve out and the original message becomes lost.
Herman Melville’s Masterpiece Moby Dick’s classic opening sentence “Call me Ishmael” will be replaced with, “hey look, Long John Silvers next to a Popeye’s; but you can call me Ishmael, just don’t me later to all you can eat popcorn shrimp and fried chicken”.
This is why I’m a strong advocate for the preservation and digital documentations of first editions of all works; to remain true to the writer and the times they lived in.
I recently read the revised thirty year edition of Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451; where he spoke of having to go back and revise the book back to his original vision. We no longer have that luxury with Bradbury’s work.
This is why we need to keep libraries strong! We must take it upon ourselves to preserve this information in its purest form for future generations to come.
What are you thoughts? Please feel free to share your concerns. Thank you.