Saturday, June 2, 2012

Ban Indecent Books

I received a spam mail titled "help ban these indecent books". The entire post is presented exactly as I received it, including the INSERT NAME HERE.

I think we should support the Friends of Decency and help ban these indecent books. The Friends of Decency website has more information about this month's "Top Five" indecent books: We should start a local chapter of the Friends of Decency in our community. Please email me if you are willing to join and help ban indecent books. Together we can make a difference.

If you are a Friend of Decency, help get the word out and pass this email on. It is time for the decent people of our country to stand up and make oure voices heard!

Yours truly,

I googled "friends of decency" and nothing popped up in the search results. My first thought was to snicker, especially after going to the page. It was a poorly designed site without anyplace to comment on the reviews. The only links were to Amazon. Then it occurred to me that this site might be a marketing ploy. People would click on the book from the banned site and purchase the book either because they're interested in it or to "stick it" to the ban-books-crowd and, in so doing, give the owner of the site an commission for helping sell the book.

There were 5 reviewed books. Here's the review of "The Hunger Games."
This book is very exciting and well written but encourages people to act in self-serving ways. This book is very dangerous because it is popular right now with the young people and might encourage defiance of government and other authority figures. This book glorifies selfish behavior and subversive activity.

Pros: Well written; Interesting story.

Cons: Violence; Defiance of authority; Sexuality; Encourages subversive behavior.


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