Book Censorship
Alive and Well

For my senior degree project at Mass Art, I focused on the sad truth that book banning is still alive and well in America today.

I was motivated by my love of literature and poetry, as well as an interest in social advocacy and education accessibility. After much research and ideation, I designed and built an interactive infographic website using HTML5 and CSS3, as well as a supporting poster.

More than 11,000 books have been challenged since 1982 in the U.S. Book banning is mainly found in public school systems and libraries.

The main reason books are being banned is that people are concerned for the influence they may have on their children. They seek to shelter them from what is obscene, but our idea of what is obscene is ever-changing.

The problem with banning books is that most of them shine a light on issues we are and should be talking about as a society, as well as affect creative learning. Youth fiction is a main target.

In order for youth to become their own advocates, they need access to information and must be able to think critically about what they read, otherwise others will do their thinking for them.

We need literature to guide us through the complexities of life, arm us with information, and help us develop our moral compasses.

© 2019 Julianne Jensen