Wednesday, November 19, 2008

The Law of Pornographic Materials & Men’s Lust

Indonesian version:

It is very simply to guessing. To earn “blessing” from right-wingers and to kept the execution of Amrozi cs. to the background, enact a Law of Pornographic Materials although the working of its have not complete and trigger the controversial opinion. This is a cliché solution for government to gain an advantage political condition. However, the solution was very successful strategy to many cases previously, i.e. increasing the price of fuel, The Education System Act, The revision of Labor Act, etc. The death of Amrozi is necessary for “blessing” from western countries and gain a well reputed to some parties to face the election next year. Eye is given for eye, life for an honor and political advantages.

Any way, it is very simply to guessing, the victim of the law are women. The day after House of Representative legalizes the law, a television station broadcast police raid a striptease show. In the broadcast 10-15 girls, about seventeen years old were herded into police station. There are many oddities in the broadcast. Why the audience of the show—men, though it is possible women too—was not shown on the TV screen? Why there is not “the event organizer” of the show on the television? In spite of this, how could be a group of teenagers can organize by themselves for the some kind of show? Will the broadcast show the next show when they just take the dancers on the camera—because aside from dancers, anyone got in the striptease show are not camera face—although there are another persons who being arrested? On the other hand, the considerable possibilities, Do the men who enjoyed the show and pimps who run the show have big power to get away with such despicable behavior; and police have fainthearted when confront them?

The girls do not have strong bargaining position in this case. They are actually in the weak and tragic condition. At least, they were embarrassed twice; to be shown in the rich men’s wild eyes and to be shown in television, watched by television viewer—including me. According this law, the girls are sinner, not the pimp, not men in the show. If the law wants to protect children and women from the human trading, why it sacrificed women?

Girls’ face who bend over in police office are covered patch up by their jacket, scarf, and hair. When I was watching this, my mind is quick jumping into the incident that happened about 2.000 years ago in dusty corner in Middle East region. In court of the Temple, when Jesus was teaching, a group of religion leaders, the scribes, and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery (John 7:53-8:11). Purportedly, according the tradition in this time, the adulterer woman’s dress has to be ripped. She—was like striptease dancer girls—embarrassed twice too. First, when she was herded without defense from her lover who probably escape or join with the accuser because the woman had seduced him to commit adultery. Second, now in front of Jesus and crowd, she is being show object and being bait to trap Jesus. Wild eyes grope the scare, alone women who try to cover her breast which being exposed. This is exactly to what happened in our country, the religion leader endeavor to “fortified the nation holiness” and guard the law. Nevertheless, they are unfair. The law just applied to weak, minority, and non-political armed citizens.

Moreover, among the crowd religion leaders asking Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught red-handed in the act of adultery. Moses, in the Law, gives orders to stone such persons. What do you say?”

In the incident of woman taken in adultery, Jesus take the issue beyond on law, sinners punishing, and moral purity. Jesus invites every body who being there to examine their heart and thought. Instead of answer the Pharisees ask, had the women being punished or not, Jesus ask the accuser about their sincerity and suitability to punished her. “The sinless one among you, go first: Throw the stone,” firmly Jesus said. Afterward hearing that, they walked away, one after another, beginning with the oldest. The woman was left alone.

When every body were walked away, Jesus gave the clear command to the woman (also to me). “Go on your way. From now on, don’t sin.” He does not deny her sin. However, he does not make her a moral scapegoat to suppress their guilty feeling because being obsessed by their sexual fantasy.
Almost every body knows that men who looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. Therefore, the guiltiness is not how exposed the woman body, but how dirty of men fantasy. Do you remember the incident of police officer who raped his prisoner’s girl friend? Did the girl plan to seduce the wanton police officer? Actually, does he have dirty thought previously? Alternatively, do we try to find justification to defense our men ego and hiding the dump in our mind?

The religion may never being mistreatment for political advantages. Especially, it may not being abused for cover our rottenness. Religion has to be guidance to our consciousness not to be our bludgeon of our life way. Additionally, religion is not source of homogenizing the nation thinking way. Religion is a habit foundation according of follower believing. Religion has to be a moral fortress through leaders’ example, not to be barbed wire, which hurting who comes to it, exterminate the sinners who repent. If there are many pornographic materials in our surroundings, the source is not from outside of our life, but in our mind. Evil always tempt us, but we cannot blame others as an evil because our weaknesses to fight our thought.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

What Goes on the Cover?

just to remind me--I'm sorry
By Kim Pettit

There are no internationally agreed-upon industry standards for what must appear on the front and back covers of a book.

American books usually include an ISBN number and bar code on the bottom right corner of the back cover. This is not required by law, though it does makes electronic scanning of a product at the register far easier.

So how do you decide what elements to include in your cover designs?

You can study the bestsellers in your country and form a list to review when you consider how you will tackle your next design project. A quick perusal of recent New York Times and CBA bestsellers shows there are many elements to consider.

The front cover may include:

  • author name(s), editor(s), illustrator, photographer, translator (as applicable)
  • author credential or identifier (bestselling author of ____, Pulitzer Prize winner) or book credential (bestseller, one million copies sold)
  • title & subtitle (and if a book is bilingual, these may appear twice)
  • illustration or photo (unless the title itself, with an eye-catching type treatment serves as the main graphic element on the cover)
  • series name and/or logo
  • genre (a memoir, a novel, a Bible study)
  • teaser (e.g. “don’t catch your death” for a suspense novel; magazines include article titles but in books the subtitle may suffice)
  • promised benefit (and occasionally, even a guarantee: “lose weight or your money back”)
  • special features (includes book discussion guide or CD, red-letter edition, concordance, index)
  • preface, foreword, afterword by author or famous person (if applicable)
  • endorsement (brief quotation from named source, e.g. “A masterful storyteller.”—USA Today)
  • publisher name and/or logo
  • intended audience (for kids ages 5-7; for men; 9th grade)
  • volume (if it part of a multi-volume set or series, magazines include volume and issue number)
  • date (mostly on magazines, but often on books issued annually or for specific seasons such as Lent or Advent, or as a benefit, e.g. “30 days to a new you”)
    edition (2nd edition, revised & expanded edition, large-print edition, illustrated, etc.)

In contrast, elements that most often appear on the back cover include:

  • author photo (including a credit line for the photographer or stock agency)
  • author biography
  • plot description/teaser paragraph
  • endorsement/reviews
  • promotion of other books (previous works by the same author or related works from this publisher) or information on this title in other formats (also available as audio CD)
  • publisher name and logo (and, when applicable, name and logo of distributor or collaborating ministry or co-edition partner)
  • publisher address, phone, and Web site (usually only the city or Web site)
  • imprint or series name (if any)
  • price
  • cover design and illustration credits
  • ISBN and bar code (and sometimes an additional order number issued by the publisher)
    subject classifications (to help bookstores know where to shelve this title)
  • printed in (country)

Some elements may be found on the front or the back (for example, endorsements or the author photo). For hardcover books, much of the copy that currently appears on the back cover is placed on the inside flaps of the paper jacket of the book. Establishing a standard that would work for all publishers is impossible!

Besides, who cares about the back and front covers if all you see is the spine? Given bookstores’ limited space, most often publisher’s books are shelved spine-out. So consider it in your cover design as well.

Elements on the spine include:

  • title and subtitle
  • author/editor name
  • series identifier
  • edition number or type (2nd edition, study edition)
  • publisher logo and name
  • collaborator’s logo and name, if any
  • volume number and range (e.g., Vol. 2, M-Z)

For books where the traditional cover design does not allow the amount of copy generally found in other genres (e.g., a leather-bound Bible) or for mass-market paperbacks, book spines may also include the price and ISBN number and/or special features (e.g., concordance, maps, glossary).

Your choices for what to place on the front and back covers, and on the spine of the book, should all contribute to your goal of marketing the book. Covers are only effective when they help you generate sales of a particular title. Remember, your design has to be attractive and include enough white space!

Go to a bookstore and study the reactions of the customers. Take care to check local bestsellers. Your country may have specific laws you must follow. For instance, a publisher of Christian books in Indonesia wrote that his titles must have a disclaimer stating that they are intended for the Christian community.

Determine what covers are most attractive to your target audience, and use that information to guide your decision-making process for future releases. Develop what will serve you best in your market.

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