August 15, 2006

Web censoring in Renaissance idyll

I had always thought of Antwerp as home to Rubens (even van Gogh at one time) and some amazing Renaissance architecture. It was not, I thought, the home to censorship of the arts. Alas, 400 years on school boards in the Flemish town and further afield are blocking artinthepicture.com, a perfectly reasonable art website designed to help the public better understand the subject.

Teachers have asked Bruno Dillen, the creator of the site, to create a child-friendly version of his website. As Dillen says in an email to me:

"A child-friendly version of an art site ? If there is anything that should not be censored, that is art. Art should be an expression with no limits. Are should move and sometimes even shock people."

Apparently in the 21st century we are afraid of what happened in the 17th. Vive la culture?!

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Ewan McIntosh is a teacher, speaker and investor, regarded as one of Europe’s foremost experts in digital media for public services.

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