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(Ars Technica)   School principal cancels entire summer reading list program, because it contains a book that has a "positive view of questioning authority" and "lauds hacker culture." Pick up that can, student   ( divider line
    More: Florida, Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing, hacker culture, Booker T. Washington, novels  
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2014-06-10 06:49:24 PM  
6 votes:
Well, the best way to make people read books is to ban them.
2014-06-10 09:05:22 PM  
4 votes:
2014-06-10 05:43:59 PM  
4 votes:
Hacker culture is about deconstructing things to understand them and then using what you learn to come up with your own solutions to problems. I can see why schools would want to nip that sort of thing in the bud. Children might learn something useful.
2014-06-10 08:29:36 PM  
2 votes:
On the other hand, Doctorow is an attention whore who got read because he gave away his books for free before anyone else did. His books all start with a cool concept, but he doesn't have the talent to pull off the execution. By the time you are a quarter of the way through, you realize he's lost interest in whatever story he thought he was going to tell.

He's like a Kardashian of speculative fiction - all PR and no substance.
2014-06-10 08:26:19 PM  
2 votes:
It should be banned. Not because of its ideas, but because it is one of the worst pieces of shiat ever written. Seriously, it's a collection of paranoid blog posts interspersed with software manuals and each chapter begins with a page-long author self-fellation.
2014-06-11 01:39:46 PM  
1 vote:
There were two things I was taught in every grade of public school...conform and fear authority.
2014-06-10 09:33:11 PM  
1 vote:

gunther_bumpass: Deep Contact: [ image 720x704]

In other words, it prepares them for every single interaction they are likely to have in the western world.

You think that's not how it is, but it do.

Sometimes, until an authority figure makes you do something you know is not right, but they have a nice suit  or lab coat on.
2014-06-10 09:12:53 PM  
1 vote:
Its a good book, and I recommend its sequel "Homeland"

Oh, and you can "buy" a book (since it is Freely available) and have it sent to the library or school of your choice, or one from a list who has asked for a copy.
2014-06-10 08:41:56 PM  
1 vote:
This ought to be required:
Animal Farm
Lord of the Flies
2014-06-10 08:35:29 PM  
1 vote:
Considering book's title, the protagonist's online handle, and the plot outline, is this just a Young Adult ripoff of 1984?
2014-06-10 08:33:48 PM  
1 vote:
who is

2014-06-10 08:27:57 PM  
1 vote:
Maybe the principal should try, I don't know, learning the difference?
2014-06-10 08:18:20 PM  
1 vote:
Whoever put the book on the list should of been fired.  Not because of 'laud's hacker culture'. But because Doctorow is an awful writer and a complete ass.
2014-06-10 06:30:24 PM  
1 vote:
Yes, lets not teach critical thinking, than kids might questions what the hell is going on in Pensacola

//also their airport is PNS
///hehe PNS
2014-06-10 05:34:21 PM  
1 vote:
New reading list:  The Monkey Wrench Gang by Edward Abbey
2014-06-10 05:29:49 PM  
1 vote:
Ummm...wasn't questioning authority one of the reasons why this country was founded?

/loves me some double standards
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