In this new podcast, Michael Cart looks at a new trend in banned books: trigger warnings. Trigger warnings are disclaimers most commonly applied to discussions about rape, sexual abuse, and mental illness, and have appeared on message boards since the early days of the Web. A new movement is afoot in universities around the country. At the University of California, Santa Barbara, students recently urged officials to institute mandatory trigger warnings on class syllabi. Professors who present “content that may trigger the onset of symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder” would be required to issue advance alerts and allow students to skip those classes.
In other news, Michael discusses the return to realism in young adult literature, found in titles like The Fault in our Stars and If I Stay.