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← Yale Surrenders - Why did Yale University Press remove images of Mohammed from a book about the Danish cartoons?

MaxD's Avatar Jump to comment 10 by MaxD

Has the author of the work said anything about this? It seems that in discussing such a thing as a specific set of images it might be helpful for the reader and the writer to have a common frame of reference. Without this there is a certain pointless elitism occuring along with a considerable chance for misunderstanding.

The elitism comes from the way Yale personalities are able to see these images, form critical opinions, and discuss them, where as others may not. 12 images in a book do not happen to take up a lot of space. So there really is no heuristic excuse for thier ommission. Rather than have readers try to sift through several satirical images of Mohammed, and the fakes it would be helpful to have the images that allegedly caused the controversy to actually be easily accessable in a book that reviews them and the controversy surrounding them. I presume some written description of the images will be used in their place. Why will this not cause the same amount of controversy? Or am I wrong and the book will not even have that?

Then there is the simple matter that the author's analysis could be flawed. But we cannot really know the strength of her understanding of these things without at least haveing some ability to check what she is saying against the actual images themselves. Maybe the descriptions are described in such a way to favor a particular analysis? Would a book analyizing the Mona Lisa's impact on culture omit an image of the lady herself?

Yale certainly does not distinguish itself on this matter as either a defender of free speech and academic freedom, or even as institution of academic analysis.

Tue, 18 Aug 2009 15:30:00 UTC | #389450