I have just gotten wind of the internet dust-up over Amazon's decision (a/k/a "glitch") to remove gay and lesbian literature from its search features and sales rankings . . . uh, I mean, pro-gay and lesbian literature . . . because it qualifies as "adult" literature. Apparently the "how to cure your homosexual child" gay and lesbian stuff is still searchable and ranked.
But Brokeback Mountain is off limits.
And as I understand it, Amazon still SELLS all the titles (not to mention some pretty darn "adult" items in the merchandise section). They just don't want to admit it, or treat them equally.
Don't get me started on how difficult it is to determine what's "adult" literature these days. Gravity's Rainbow, anyone? Anything by Sidney Sheldon? I've seen conflicting reports about whether Lady Chatterly's Lover is excluded or included, but Lolita is still ranked.
If you somehow have missed all this (too much chocolate, perhaps?), I urge you to do some research and weigh in. This open letter to Jeff Bezos, Amazon's founder, president, CEO and chairman of the board, is a good place to begin.
Now, technically, this isn't censorship, because it isn't government action. But it's definitely something to think about before you hit that Purchase with One Click button. When you buy from Amazon, you're supporting its policies, plain and simple, and perhaps you're okay with this particular approach. I just think you should know where Amazon is coming from. After that, you're on your own.
On a more personal scale, a friend of mine with a strong moral sense recently confessed to an infatuation with her new Kindle. It's only linked to Amazon, though, right? The current center of the discrimination universe? Uh-oh. I see a dilemma coming on.