Relenz wrote:[I would argue that, given the way library systems order books, and given the role libraries are supposed to play in terms of public education, comics accomplish that goal less readily than straight-up books. I'd post more, but late for work...]
So, if I read you right, your saying reading "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" is more informative than say "The Dark Knight Returns".
I think your confused. The objective of Libraries is not public education, but the collection and storage of books and other materials, which can be used by the community. They are not limited to what they can carry on their shelves. The public has the right to be able to check out graphic novels and Japanese manga, just like they have the right to check out books of art and other more educational materials. If you call into question weither people should be able to check out comic books at library, you should also call into question weither people should be able to check out fiction books at all. Both are forms of escapism and neither of them "educate" the public. Just because one form writing using art to tell a story doesn't mean it's inferior to other writing and certainly doesn't mean it should not be in Libaries.
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