Degenerate Art in the Time of Facebook

An article published at the El Paso Times by poet Donna J. Snyder about art and censorship, an issue problematic in all facets of the political landscape. Where do artists fit in?

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The El Paso News is committed to freedom of expression.  Such venues as this blog are more important today than they were just a few years ago, as social networking platforms become more censorious than a small town’s watchdogs on the contents of libraries.

Around 3:00 am, a fit of insomnia had me hanging out on Facebook reading poetry and news.  As I attempted to share a post about Harper Lee, I was suddenly unable to add a comment crediting the source of the link.  Immediately a screen flashed up, informing me that I am banned from unspecified actions in Facebook.

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I clicked on “let us know” and was informed that such actions had to be taken “to keep Facebook safe.”

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Despite the unabashed admission Facebook does not read such responses, I filled in my complaint that their action was nuts considering I had just shared a post about Harper…

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