What It Means to Take Away Books

Just yesterday, as the Occupy Wall Street encampment was raided and cleared out, news circulated that the library, which included more than 5,500 books, was taken by the NYPD. There were even accounts over Twitter that the NYPD smiled as they did it. Well today there’s good news today: apparently the books are fine and the library can be returned to its former state.

It’s gotten me thinking: maybe physical libraries serve a purpose in the digital age after all. In the case above, they represent an almost Fahrenheit-451 book preservation/knowledge preservation state, and just by being present in the environment, books can be used to comment on the preservation and maintenance of other human rights.


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