Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Wednesday Words of Wisdom: Free David!

There is no nice way to say this: a museum curator who takes this attitude to the exhibits in her charge is a traitor to history, to heritage, and to science. The point of a museum is to spread culture, not restrict it in order to run a penny-ante postcard racket. A museum curator should not accept an unphotographable exhibit of historic interest any more than she should accept an exhibit that comes with the condition that patrons who wish to see it must swear a loyalty oath, view a propaganda film, stand on one foot, or accept any other abridgement of their personal and cognitive liberty.

from the essay Traitors to History by Cory Doctorow

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