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Censorship of Extropians Insulting to Freshmen

Censorship of Extropians Insulting to Freshmen

I received the MIT Extropians pamphlet in the mail at my house a few weeks ago. When I read on the front cover of the pamphlet that it had been censored, my interest was peaked (I'm sure that that was the writers' intention).

Frankly, I was shocked that the MIT administration would single this pamphlet out as something I should not see. All the pamphlet did was express opinions and give advice. I felt rather insulted that the administration found it necessary to try to prevent the mailing of the pamphlet. The situation is analogous to a parent preventing their child from seeing an R-rated movie or buying a profane rap album. I feel that I've reached an age where I am mature enough to form my own opinions and think for myself.

I don't believe that the pamphlet did any serious harm, and I was not compelled to blindly believe its contents. However, I do sympathize with the Extropians, whom I believe were unfairly censored. Whatever their message is, they have a right to deliver it and allow us freshman to make our own decisions on its content. Their mailing, though disobedient, was just, and I am glad that I got the chance to read about their beliefs.

Manu Sridharan '01