Barking: Facebook censors academic book title

Barking: Facebook censors academic book title


norman lebrecht

February 08, 2012

David Conway has written a thoughtful book for Cambridge University Press about how Jews, long excluded, were admitted to the music profession in the early 19th century. It is called:

Jewry in Music

and it does what it says on the cover.

However, when David tried to post his new title as a page on Facebook, the Zuckerberg censor cut him off. ‘Jewry’ is a no-no word on fb, apparently. Like the Saxon words for certain body parts and things the Republicans call President Obama.

It’s an arbitrary thing, and there’s no getting around it. So David has been forced to call his page ‘JIM: Entry to the Profession from the Enlightenment to Richard Wagner’……..’

That seems ever so slightly mad.


  • Alberto Martínez says:

    Political correctness is crazy, isn´t it ? . Still the new David ´s facebook page for the book is a work of art LOL