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Destruir livros, proibir livros, parecia uma prática do passado. Pois, não é. E é um sintoma do autoritarismo crescente dos regimes, um pouco por todo o mundo.

 

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Governments are spending a remarkable amount of resources attacking books — because their supposed limitations are beginning to look like ageless strengths.

Around the world, many authoritarian regimes — having largely corralled the internet — now have declared war on the written word, their oldest enemy. The received wisdom after the close of the Cold War was that physical books were outdated, soon to be swept aside in the digital age; and that the internet was instead the real threat to governments seeking to repress provocative thinking. A generation later, the opposite may be true.

The People’s Republic of China has been the most successful in curbing the internet.  

(....)Even before the current Hong Kong prottests, there was a crackdown on Hong Kong publishers. In the fall of 2015, associates of the Causeway Bay Books store disappeared, later discovered to have been detained on the mainland, accused of trafficking in “illegal” books critiquing leading members of the Communist Party. In 2017, the Communist Party formally took control of all print media, including books.

They are, of course, far from alone.(...) Brazil, to Hungary, to the Philippines, literature that expresses any kind of political opposition is under a unique, renewed threat. Books that challenge normative values, especially those with L.G.B.T. themes, have been hit especially hard. History textbooks crafted by independent scholars are being replaced with those produced by the state at a disturbing rate. In Russia, a new even stricter set of censorship laws was announced in March to punish those expressing “clear disrespect” for the state (i.e. effectively Putin himself).

 

Regimes are expending so much energy attacking books because their supposed limitations have begun to look like strengths: With online surveillance, digital reading carries with it great risks and semi-permanent footprints; a physical book, however, cannot monitor what you are reading and when, cannot track which words you mark or highlight, does not secretly scan your face, and cannot know when you are sharing it with others.

 

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De beatriz j a a 06.10.2019 às 10:24

eu leio em qualquer sítio... na mão, online, na parede...
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De Manuela a 06.10.2019 às 12:23

🤣
Eu gosto de ler deitada na cama.
Para mim, uma bela tarde de Inverno é estar na cama a ler e com chuva lá fora. Adoro!
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De beatriz j a a 06.10.2019 às 12:29

e chá. falta aí o chá ☕️

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