nancylebov (nancylebov) wrote,

Policing other people's imaginations

Are there any books about policing other people's imaginations? It's a very common human activity, but I can't think of any.

I'd be interested in histories of censorship and the destruction of information, but also about the emotional side. Why is imagination-policing such an attractive activity for some? What are the effects of having one's imagination policed? I'm thinking about compliance, resistance, and invulnerability. That last is the case of people who just aren't internally affected by a social pressure-- another interesting thing about the world which I've seen discussed a lot less than censorship. Sometimes social pressure just doesn't register-- a person who's invulnerable to a pressure may comply if it seems practical, but they don't have any feeling that complying is a good thing (either for themselves or other people).

The nearest thing I can think of is Wilhelm Reich-- he had some theories about hierarchy and interfering with other people's basic drives, but afaik, he was talking about forbidding actions more than forbidding thoughts and emotions.

He wrote about rules limiting sex. I think it's interesting to apply that analysis to the modern world and food.

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