Lately they have been focusing their blogs on Paypal using their influence to censor what Paypal feels is "filth" from online retailers (specifically Bookstrand and All Romance Ebooks.) Read the full blog here.
I posted the following comment and felt it was worth repeating here:
I absolutely agree with Anjasa (Another commenter) - Nothing about this situation feels good to me.
Its so murky and frustrating.
The thing that is even more frustrating is all the different twats Paypal has fingers in... If they make a big stink are they going to force the removal of authors like:
George R. R. Martin
Laurell K. Hamilton
And countless others?
One of my all time favorite books is Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. The story is about a society who have taken censorship to extremes, firemen burn books. At the end of the version I have is a letter/coda from Mr. Bradbury explaining that if we don't stand up against censorship eventually everything will be censored... honestly I think he said it best:
"The point is obvious. There is more than one way to burn a book. And the world is full of people running about with lit matches. Every minority, be it Baptist / Unitarian, Irish / Italian / Octogenarian / Zen Buddhist, Zionist / Seventh-day Adventist, Women's Lib / Republican, Mattachine / FourSquareGospel feel it has the will, the right, the duty to douse the kerosene, light the fuse. Every dimwit editor who sees himself as the source of all dreary blanc-mange plain porridge unleavened literature, licks his guillotine and eyes the neck of any author who dares to speak above a whisper or write above a nursery rhyme."
I wish there was something we could do. Some "March on Paypal" we could join in.
What happens when they decide that Pseudo-incest isn't enough? When any form of "tying wrists" or "restraint" is cut off completely? Will we re-enter the society too conservative that Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz can show THEY OWN ONE BED and don't sleep in two separate? Personally the idea of going into that repressive society scares the shit out of me.