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Re: Virtual Distributed Library

by MeowChow (Vicar)
on Feb 23, 2001 at 20:56 UTC ( #60499=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Virtual Distributed Library

Your suggestion brings to mind some of the stories my parents told me of life in communist Russia. During the cold war era of the former USSR, any book that had not been approved by government censors, meaning any book that was not sufficiently saturated with communist and Stalinist dogma, was banned from both distribution and private consumption (in an order deny, allow way).

As resourceful people are want to do when they are deprived of a fundamental right, some managed to smuggle a limited number of books into the country from Western sources (can you imagine, smuggling a book?) Because of their limited supply, books were passed along from person to person after each reading, resulting in the formation of many small underground book-sharing rings. Of course, the motives of the smugglers and borrowers were not that they wanted to have these books as possessions, but that they wanted to absorb the books and disseminate the ideas within them as rapidly as was possible under their regime.

So, as it happens, your suggestion has a rather intriguing and, I think, honorable historical analogue.

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