RE: Dealing with disturbing content

Jeffrey Clark (
Wed, 27 Feb 2002 14:37:35 -0800 (PST)

And a shorthand anecdote that isn't mine, but comes from a public library
colleague in my state a few years back--warning of the hazards, perhaps, of
not checking basic information on a video title before jumping to
conclusions about what you're about to be, er, exposed to....

A patron came into the library looking for a video to relax at home with.
One would take it, from the title he thought he was checking out, he might
even have been considering a family viewing. He thought that title was
"National Velvet". But what it clearly was labeled was "Blue Velvet."

Turns out the borrower was a library board member, too.

(The outcome, I suspect, wasn't too unhappy though, since I never heard a
followup on fallout beyond minor embarrassment.)

Jeff Clark
Media Resources (MSC 1701)
James Madison University

--On Wednesday, February 27, 2002 10:39 AM -0800 Carol Dunn
<> wrote:

> good one!
> Carol
> -----Original Message-----
> From:
> []On Behalf Of Jerry Notaro
> Sent: Wednesday, February 27, 2002 1:29 PM
> To: Multiple recipients of list
> Subject: Re: Dealing with disturbing content
> Jessica Rosner wrote:
>> Needless to say it is a slippery slope from removing Requiem for a Dream
>> to removing Triumph of the Will or American Beauty
>> But here are my favorite "censorship" experiences
> One of mine:
> When I was in a small, Indiana town I visited the video collection of the
> local
> public library often. As is all to often the case, collection development
> for
> media was done by a paraprofessional because no librarian wanted the job.
> When I
> asked her if she was going to get Personal Best, which I had been waiting
> for,
> she said no. After all, I am a mother," she said. My reply was, "Yes, but
> your
> not MY mother."
> Jerry