On 26/07/2011 10:31, Moore, Richard wrote:
<snip>The idea that a resource should be presented as the author intended it is correct. I saw this a lot when I would have to assign some Soviet books the subject heading "Anti-Soviet propaganda" when they were clearly Anti-American propaganda, but they presented themselves as Anti-Soviet propaganda. Otherwise I would have been giving my own interpretation.
"Extremism" is one of those things for which an objective definition is elusive; however, I think the LCSH "Extremist Web sites" is appropriate for works that purport to be about sites the author considers extreme.
Cf. the LCSH "Demoniac possession" and "Demonomania". A rational cataloguer might consider that a work purporting to deal with the former was in fact concerned with the latter, but it's the author's intended subject that should count.
But we still make certain exceptions. Here is an example I found at random in Worldcat. As a deference to others, I prefer not to include the title of the book here but only give the link: http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/68694413
The subjects assigned:
Television personalities -- United States -- Biography.I don't know if the author would agree that this covers his intended subject, and I cannot tell if the cataloger is conservative, centrist or leftist.
Radio personalities -- United States -- Biography.
Television talk shows -- United States.
Radio talk shows -- United States.
Conservatism -- United States.
Hate -- Political aspects -- United States.
Bullying -- Political aspects -- United States.
Mass media -- Political aspects -- United States.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1989-