Updating The Classics: Censorship Or Capitalism?
Yes, the headline's a trick question. Publishers updating older works so that they can sell them to modern audiences is all-caps capitalism. The anti-woke brigade cries "censorship" because they don't understand the First Amendment and they also resent that there's a limited market for offensive material, especially for media aimed at kids.
However, what people consider "offensive" is hardly objective. It's never been! Join us for a fun, well-researched discussion at 12 pm PT/3 pm ET!
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Stephen Robinson is a writer and social kibbitzer based in Portland, Oregon. He writes make believe for Cafe Nordo, an immersive theatre space in Seattle. Once, he wrote a novel called “Mahogany Slade,” which you should read or at least buy. He's also on the board of the Portland Playhouse theatre. His son describes him as a “play typer guy."