I’ve spent this whole week talking about Banned Books of the Past and Present. But now I want to take some time to think about
Future Banned Books
I would absolutely love to think that at some point we’ll overcome this ridiculous idea that we should challenge or ban books and do away with it all together. But, humans as a whole aren’t the brightest of creatures. So, we know that isn’t going to happen any time soon. So, this post is going to be all about the reasons we might ban books in the future. Credit for this topic goes to Melanie Bernard who gave me the idea when I was banging my head against a wall.
Our reasons for challenging or banning books tend to evolve as we evolve, though admittedly some traits stay the same. Social media has blossomed over the last ten years. This gives us a tendency towards ever-increasing transparency and exposure to other lifestyles and types of families. There is a progression towards acceptance of other lifestyles/races/genders (Ye Olde Trump-et be d*mned). These issues are always going to be talked about in books. Are they going to be perceived differently?
The ever-boundary pushing technological advancements that bring us both closer together and further apart are sure to play a role in future fiction works. Are people one day going to find themselves speaking out against books that talk about humans and people who are partly made of robotic parts getting together?
What about Artificial Intelligence? As we move ever closer to a self-aware Artificial Intelligence being created, it’s going to become an issue that humanity takes sides on. Are we going to see a movement towards banned books in the future that involve AI?
What about religion? This has been a hot button for many books being challenged or banned. Are banned future books going to include those with strong religious/anti-religious themes? More and more people are coming forward and openly identifying as atheist and/or agnostic. We’re banding together to create a force for good at the same time. Slowly, surely, people are beginning to wake up to the fact that atheists and agnostics are unique because we’re good because we choose to be good. We don’t kill in the name of some ‘god’. Atheists don’t try to force people to believe that our X is better than their X. Good deeds are done because this life is all we have, and people’s memories of us are our afterlife. We need to make those memories good. We’re decent and helpful towards our fellow humans we want to be. That’s it.
As we’ve seen in recent weeks, there is an increasing trend towards diversity in our literature. Authors are getting bashed and mocked and such because they choose not to include diverse characters in their works. People who are close minded are finding themselves on the receiving end of the finger-pointing and scorn because of their unwillingness to be open. Could we see a pendulum swing to where books may be banned because they feature characters who are NOT open-minded? Do you think there might ever be a point where heterosexuality, m/f marriages, and being white are looked upon in books with disdain?
So, why do you think we’ll ban books in the future?
Talk to me!