Since 1982, the last week of September has reminded us that free speech isn’t truly “free” – Americans need to be ready to speak out and fight to protect our constitutional rights. Banned Book Week is held each year during this time as a way to encourage readers to examine challenged literary works, and also to promote intellectual freedom online and off in libraries, schools and bookstores.
It has been 31 years since the first Banned Book Week and over 11,300 books have been challenged during this time. Digital books and video games have also become a part of this challenge. They’ve been blamed for inciting violence, a decrease in intellectual capacity, our expanding waistline, as well as the general ills of society. Digital entertainment such as books, films, music and video games are all protected free speech.
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