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I never heard of anyone who was really literate or who ever really loved books who wanted to suppress any of them Censors only read a book with great difficulty moving their lips as they puzzle out each syllable when someone tells them that the book is unfit to read Throughout all of history human beings have been continuously seeking new mediums of communication specifically for the purpose of exchanging ideas and information This has been done in a series of ways including spoken language hand gestures and most importantly the written word The written word has an advantage over all other forms of communication for it allows many people access to information otherwise unavailable a story heard can be easily misconstrued and passed incorrectly while a physical representation remains solid and may be reproduced in large numbers making it available to many people at the same time With this benefit ideas facts and opinions may be spread to diverse groups of people spawning fresh ideas and advances in most every field of human development When the first moveable type was invented by the Greeks in 1700BC making it possible to transfer hieroglyphics onto clay disks an almost immediate explosion of philosophy and education began to develop as a direct result Banned Books screen 1 Years later the Chinese developed the very first books -- blocks of bamboo bound with silk -- doing for communication what nuclear energy did for fire From there the book went through a slow evolution eventually reaching the form that we are familiar with todaySuch a vast sharing of knowledge doesnt come without consequences however When opinions are made readily available to a large group of people beliefs clash provoking anger and insecurity For example in Athens Socrates was sentenced to death by the Athenian Assembly for his writings which glorified male homosexuality among other thingsDeCamp 4 When a piece of literature doesnt conform to older ideals or questions a
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