Nick Cohen’s new book is a corrective to the tendency of internet utopians to think that the web has ushered in an age of transparency New Statesman. You Can’t Read This Book. Cohen is right about everything that matters. Standpoint, Anthony Julius.
You Can't Read This Book: Censorship in an Age of Freedom (2012) is a book by Nick Cohen about modern censorship, plutocratic power and privacy laws, freedom of speech, and free expression.
From the fall of the Berlin Wall to the advert of the Web, everywhere you turn you are told that we live in age of unparalleled freedom. This is dangerously naive. From the revolution in Iran that wasn't to the imposition of super-injunctions from the filthy rich, we still live in a world where you can write a book and end up dead. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, the collapse of Communism, and the advent of the Web which allowed for even the smallest voice to be heard, everywhere you turned you were told that we were living in an age of unparalleled freedom.
An interesting book about censorship and free speech, which has a strong emphasis on British libel laws and the subsequent problems that people face when they go up against them. Cohen uses some well known examples to clarify his points such as the backlash that Salman Rushdie experienced when he published The Satanic Verses, and how bankers were allowed to bring about the 2008 recession crisis because many whistleblowers were suppressed through the courts to keep their mouths shut. Censorship" and "Freedom of Speech" nowadays are taken for granted in the third-world were living in, You Can't Read This Book, reminds us of the problems that exist and are ignored in our society today.
The uncompromising Nick Cohen exposes the reality behind the freedoms we enjoy in the book that won Polemic of the Year at the 2013 Political Book Awards. You Can't Read This Book’ argues that this view is dangerously naive. Download options: EPUB 2 (Adobe DRM). You can read this item using any of the following Kobo apps and devices: DESKTOP.
Nick Cohen's timely polemic exposes the myth of freedom of expression in Britain with great insight and verve, writes Denis MacShane. This is not just a narrow book on the sort of issues being dealt with by Leveson. Cohen also excoriates the liberal intelligentsia for their mealy-mouthed failure to support Salman Rushdie when Islamists started burning his books. To the shame of British freedom, John le Carré and Roy Hattersley found excuses for the mullahs
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The dirtiest book of all by Michael Weiss. The dirtiest book of all. by Michael Weiss. A trend-spotter in many respects, but not least because he didn’t bother to read the book he helped make famous, the founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran sentenced the Indian novelist Salman Rushdie to death in 1989 over Rushdie’s fictional satire on the controversial aspect of the Islamic tradition that Satan might have dictated parts of the Koran, particularly. those parts which compromised the singularity of God. The Khomeinist fatwa on Rushdie led a rush of fanaticism and apologetics that prefigured the struggle against totalitarianism.
He goes on to state that we are subject to ever-tightening structures on what we say, think or do. According to Cohen, privacy laws let the wealthy censor the press; protest against oppression is slammed as bigotry and voices of dissent can't be heard over "the clamour hailing the internet as the saviour of democracy. There is an all-out confrontation between the ironic and the literal mind: between every kind of commissar and inquisitor and bureaucrat and those who know that, whatever the role of social and political forces, idea and books have to be formulated and written by individuals. - Christopher Hitchens.
Nick Cohen rightly calls The Satanic Verses controversy "the Dreyfus Affair" of our age, a central signifier of our preoccupations, one which divides friends and brings out the unbelievable and perverse where you least expect it. John le Carré, for instance - clearly unaware of Shaw's sublime quote, "It is immorality not morality that requires protection" - will not be forgotten for his remark that there is "no law in life or nature that says great religions may be insulted with impunity". We’ll tell you what’s true. Although the book reads like an extended newspaper article, it is useful to have all this material in one place, particularly for the benefit of young people, who must be taught about previous disputes over free expression.