Via Nick, an article about the increasing strictures imposed by corporate publishing:
Peck’s argument is that editing has been corrupted by the new commercial mandates of publishing – or, at least, is more prone to a precautionary principle that dictates that if there are any reasons why a reader might not like something in a book, say an unsympathetic character, then there is a case for demanding the author get rid of [it].One promising novelist's work is rejected by an editor insisting that "No one wants to read about a child dying."
Via Balloon Juice, a much scarier story about how a protectionist approach to people's thoughts can be used: "Iowa Woman Jailed for Thinking about an Abortion." "The nurse then summoned a doctor, who questioned her further about her thoughts on ending the pregnancy. Next thing Taylor knew, she was being arrested . . . ". The linked article discusses a couple of similar attacks on pregnant women's freedom, including a Florida woman who was forcibly hospitalized upon questioning her obstetrician's judgment.
Keep your beautiful mind pure.