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Jocelyn (The Reading World)

I love to read and can get very attached to my opinions, but recently I've been learning not to completely lose my head when people disagree with me, so feel safe to argue with me whenever you wish ;) 

 

[REBLOGGED FROM CAROL]: The Great Goodreads Censorship Debacle

Reblogged from book reviews forevermore:

I don't want to pollute my blog here with too much GR drama, but I have to say, I'm seriously impressed by the creativity and cleverness of some of the goodreads peeps. I kind of love us.

One of the latest protests involves a new book:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18664649-the-great-goodreads-censorship-debacle

Clouds review:

I was fortunate enough to receive an ARC of this work in progress.

I can't remember the last time a story made me so angry!

Don't get me wrong - this is a good story - lots of great characters, really insightful thoughts and some laugh out loud moments! But overall, this is a tragedy.

The author sets up this virtual 'place', this common ground for book lovers, which you, as a reader, can't help being sucked into. It's like the sense of community reaches right out of the words and gives you a hug! There was a real connection there.

And then, step by step, we watch the stewards for this sacred ground desert their posts, chasing one vice or another. They allow it to fall into the hands of nameless demons in suits, who choke the life out of this once thriving community. It dies, right there in front of you. And then it continues living as a corporate-zombie - a mocking travesty of what it once was and a shameful parody of what it could have become.

Apparently there's a sequel planned too.

This review was about a book, not an author.

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Arthur Graham's review:

Finally, the book we've all been waiting for -- a book for which Goodreads cannot censor your criticism for being "off-topic"!

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Manny's review:

My favorite bit was the graphic dream sequence where the naive and grasping Sito is anally raped by the evil Nozama. I am not sure I understand the symbolism; some reviewers argue that the Japanese-sounding names signal an allusion to Mishima, but I cannot help feeling that another interpretation is possible. I am almost sure that some vital clue is staring me in the face.

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my review:

I like to describe this as one of those books that you just feel like you've lived.


Still, I'd recommend avoiding it if you aren't in the mood for some hair-pulling grief.

 

 

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Jocelyn's notes:

 

I haven't really spoken out until now because, in all honesty, the policy change didn't bother me at first (don't kill me!), and "active protest" just didn't seem to be my thing. GR has never seemed that strict about implementing its policies anyway and I genuinely thought we'd still be fine. That was until I found out about the arbitrarily deleted reviews, the comments being censored, the general stubbornness of the staff (or whoever the hell is behind this; Amazon probably) in responding to the concerns of their own users. In addition to that, this policy--while not having directly affected me, as I was never really in the habit of discussing author behavior--has affected my friends, and so has affected me. In the announcement thread, Kara talked about "setting the right tone" yet already the censorship is establishing a worse atmosphere for this community than whatever Goodreads was trying to get rid of in the first place. When I first joined Goodreads, it wasn't even my love of reading that drew me in the most, it was the powerful sense of community, acceptance, and honesty. I'm pretty sure that I enjoy talking about books even more than I enjoy reading itself. It was a sort of self-regulated place that self-regulated itself well, and I seriously thought it would last forever. I can see now that it was a pretty naive hope...but still one worth pushing for, in any case.https://www.goodreads.com/story/show/...

I'm still hanging onto the hope that we can gradually pressure GR to at least lessen their policy and at best, completely remove it. I will not delete my account, because I think it's important to remember for everyone protesting that Goodreads is still a place worth preserving and protecting. Even if it isn't quite the same place, the people here as still as awesome as ever.

 

Thanks to Clouds [censored - 10 reviews deleted so far]'s creativity at coming up with this idea in the first place, and toArthur Graham for "creating" this book. 

the review man's review:https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...
Cass: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...
Arthur Graham: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...
MJ Nicholls: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...
Carol: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...
Manny: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

Ceridwen's analysis of her data collected from having tracked down the reviewers and books/lists deleted by Goodreads. You can find more links in Carol's story linked in that first paragraph.