Originally Posted by KingOfSomewhereHot
What a stupid idea!...
A form of altering history and/or censorship.
If you don't like what he wrote, then don't read it. There's certainly no need to change history and pretend like that stuff wasn't acceptable then!... Society has changed, it's no longer acceptable, but that's no reason to go and change the works of that era.
It's worse than that...far worse.
What this actually means is something like the following:
show don't tell.
1) Twain wrote an anti-racist book. It wasn't non-fiction so he didn't preach a point but used fiction instead. In fiction the rule is
So he 'showed'. And that meant using the word 'nigger'.
2) Now people object. People who are allegedly 'on Twain's side' - ie also anti racist or they would not be complaining.
They want the word replaced with something not offensive.
3) That actually - and this may be the key - completely ruins Twain's 'showing'. What he NOW shows in the 'adjusted' version is not offensive at all.
4) And consequently racism is made more palatable. And so is censorship. And so is revisionism.
An exact analogy would be if Mr Smith was arrested on suspicion of hitting Mr Jones repeatedly over the head with a jackhammer.
Mr Jones gives a statement but in the Court proceedings the words 'bludgeoned with jackhammer' are redacted and replaced with 'tickled with feather'.
What do the Jury make of Mr Smith in that case? What do they think of the case itself? What does it do for precedent and all such future cases?
And of course there is also the issue of messing around with someone else's artwork....that'a another issue.
The Morons are winning the day.