The Encyclopedia of Censorship (Facts on File Library of World History) 2nd ed. Edition
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- Item Weight : 4.3 pounds
- Hardcover : 698 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0816044643
- ISBN-13 : 978-0816044641
- Product Dimensions : 8.68 x 1.48 x 11.28 inches
- Reading level : 14 and up
- Publisher : Facts on File; 2nd ed. Edition (April 1, 2005)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,983,055 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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One earlier reviewer was outraged by errors in this book over movie ratings. Considering the wonderful scope of this encyclopedia, I feel the movie-ratings scale can be overlooked. (In my student teaching days, I brought in a book or magazine each day for the kids to pass around and eyeball --- just so they would know such a book or mag existed. OHHHH, I wish I could have passed this book around.)
"The classifications, in force unchanged until 1990, are..."
Unless "in force" means something very special to salvage this claim, it is simply wrong. The initial M rating of 1968 was changed to GP in 1970 and PG in 1972, then a new PG-13 rating was created in 1984. The age limits on the R and X ratings were increased in 1970, from 16 to 17 (although the age on the X rating was allowed to vary by jurisdiction). Major error #1.
"...G, suggested for general audiences, including children of all ages. PG-13, parental guidance suggested, as some material may not be suitable for pre-teenagers..."
The entry completely leaves out the PG rating and its early variants, naming only a 4 category system rather than all 5 current categories. Major error #2.
"The standards that determine these ratings...include upholding the dignity of human life, exercising restraint in portraying juvenile crime, not demeaning religion...." etc.
Here, the author confuses the rating system (which did not ever state these specific "standards") with the old production code used by the Production Code Administration, which was completely replaced by the creation of the Code and Rating Administration in 1968 (renamed the Classification and Rating Administration in 1977 to emphasize that there was no more production code activity). Major error #3.
I cannot judge the other articles in this book, which I have not bothered to look at. It is clear to me from the subject that I do know that this author is no authority on all the "censorship" matters he's trying to write about. Therefore: Thumbs down. Please try again, using higher standards of scholarship, and I may take a closer look at a resulting revised edition.