Monday, February 06, 2006
'Certified Censor' increasingly popular career choice in US
Is censorship becoming the norm in the United States?
Three high-profile censors materialized in quick succession during the past, oh, week or so: first Google, then NASA, and now the National Football League.
The NFL's victims were the Rolling Stones, or rather: Rock&Roll itself. On-duty censors blanked out two phrases from the Stones' Super Bowl halftime performance, in two hitherto uncontroversial songs: 'Start Me Up', and 'Rough Justice'.
They were able to do this because of the 5-second tape delay ABC imposed on the broadcast, thanks to Janet Jackson's 'halftime wardrobe malfunction' two years ago. ABC probably learned the '5-second-delay-and-finger-on-the-button-trick' from the Chinese authorities, who have been doing exactly that for years to foreign broadcasters like BBC World Service and CNN International.
Rock&Roll will never be the same.
Posted by Jos. at 2/06/2006 03:24:00 pm