Chilling Effects

Friday, November 22, 2013


PEN American Center, a writers’ organization, released a report last week titled “Chilling Effects: NSA Surveillance Drives US Writers to Self-Censor.” The report found that, of the writers surveyed, a sizable percentage were censoring their work, or altering their writing process, due to fear of NSA surveillance. Bob talks to LA Times Book Critic David Ulin to find out what freedom of expression really means if our thinkers are constantly looking over their shoulders.

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Comments [2]

deserthackberry from Texas

I'm not a writer, but my attitude toward Google searches and other sources of NSA data is that, rather than thinking twice about what we access, we should flood the fornicators with as much data as possible. Think of it as an act of civil disobedience. If all 350+ million of us are doing so, what are they going to do? Do they really have the manpower to harass us all?

Nov. 24 2013 03:34 PM
Ramesh from ny

I think some writers/authors are not free of commercial interest. They tailor the narration to make it appealing to the audience that buys the book. This applies to science books also.

So in a way some writers/authors are not as free as we think they are.

Nov. 23 2013 10:46 PM

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