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Jul 30, 2006 06:26 AM
by carlosaveline


You are right. 

This wide debate on editorial policies and editorial Ethics is  serving  the purpose of stimulating readers and theosophists in general to see what is beneath the surface and appearance of the books presently sold. 

I hope it also will stimulate Editors to have more Ethics. 

Best regards,   Carlos.


Data:Sat, 29 Jul 2006 15:53:24 -0700 (PDT)

Assunto:Theos-World Silent Editing Biographical Material

> Silent Editing Biographical Material
> Silent editing of biographical material, 
> like DC does in Occult World, may not be as 
> Bad as editing Blavatsky's writings, but 
> it is still unethical and ill-advised 
> for a number of reasons.
> - You can't quote from the book, 
> for one thing, or later writers can't, 
> because you don't know what has been deleted.
> - Nobody, or almost nobody Even Has! 
> most the source materials one can go to 
> for the full quote. What about 50 or a 
> 100 years from now, maybe almost none will 
> be available. Few writers would depend on 
> internet sources instead of source books. 
> People, can't, by an large, get the full quotes.
> - In these editorial deletions, one 
> is asked "to trust the editor" that nothing 
> important is deleted or causing one to be 
> mislead. You can't "trust the editor" on 
> this type of thing.
> - the ONLY reason for not including 
> a few dots (....) to indicate editing is 
> that it makes a tighter package, or a cleaner 
> copy. If a reader can't put up with a few 
> dots here and there, he isn't worth 
> appealing to regardless.
> - jake j.
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