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Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Soldado! 

Don't know how Seth's blog hasn't been on my blogroll this whole time, but problem solved.

Hit him up here.

If any of my other friends have blogs that aren't listed on the left, please let me know so I can add them.

Holy Moldy! 

Bidding Ends at $28k for Cheese Sandwich.

It was 10 yrs old and allegedly bore the image of the Virgin Mary.


Monday, November 22, 2004

Obscenity Police to the RESCUE!!! 

I know. I said light blogging. I promise I'll stop using this thing to procrastinate any minute now and actually start studying.

Until then, check out this all-too-true bit by Tom Shales about Michael Powell, the FCC, and "obscenity." Consider this paragraph on "the nipple heard 'round the world":
At no point did anyone, including Chairman Powell, positioned now like Attila at the head of the Huns, produce one single living creature -- man, woman, child, toddler, infant, newborn, late-term fetus, dog, cat, rooster, horse or parakeet -- who saw the briefly exposed nipple and was in any tangible way harmed by it. Like most of the halftime entertainment, it was tastelessly inappropriate, but the ensuing mass fuss is a farce that has made America an international laughingstock again.
Damn...that felt good. Ranting is fun...especially when it's well deserved. But Shales does get serious, noting that flat-out bans on certain words cause some genuinely bad results (as opposed to just fun at the expense of people who consistently get their panties in a wad over nothing - oops, I said "panties").
This means Spielberg's acclaimed Holocaust film, "Schindler's List," cannot be shown again on a broadcast network because it, too, contains unpleasant language and, of course, graphic violence. See, it's about the Nazis, and they tended to be a little pushy. But realism is no defense, artistic excellence is no defense, even a consensus that the program in question constitutes a public service is no defense. (By contractual agreement, Spielberg's films must be shown without deletions or alterations.)
In other news, it is now illegal to teach history.

Then he gets serious:
We stand at the top of a dangerously slippery slope. When you start leveling fines for uttering certain words, the list of the verboten is bound to grow. We could be facing four years of even more paranoia than usual about Big Brother, much of it justified.
Now, I agree with him, but unfortunately most people won't. I'm not saying we should be allowed to interupt childrens' programming at 10 a.m. on Nickelodeon to show a picture of a penis and yell the word "fuck" for 10 minutes. But nobody's doing that and nobody will.

The nipple was a strange occurrence. It's hard to make the argument that people should just avoid watching the Super Bowl halftime show, though suggesting people don't watch is, in the vast majority of cases, the best solution to the problem of "indecency" on the airwaves.

Shales ends with a predictable coup de gras:
That's the problem. If he [Powell] were looking for places to go, I could suggest one in a snap. But it's a four-letter word and, who knows, I might end up in jail.
If predictability were considered indecent, he probably would.

UPDATE: Edited to remove the usage of the word "fabulous," which I thought might sound gay, which is clearly indecent.

The Enlightenment is Darkening 

This is disturbing.

I know, I know...it's just a theory!


Sunday, November 21, 2004

Finals they are approachin 

Scary tests getting closer than I like em.

Light blogging from now until that ends, round abouts the 2nd week of December.


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