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June 15, 2006

The Absurdity of Censorship

I've been LOLzing at one segment of Jimmy Kimmel's talk show, "This Week in Unnecessary Censorship" for a while now, without realizing that it was meant to be, and quite succeeds at making a political statement: The FCC's goal of "protecting us from bad words and nudity" is simply idiotic and futile. Idiotic because there is no right to not be offended. If there were, it would conflict directly with the right to free speech, meaning we would only have the right to speak our minds so long as it didn't offend anyone. But rights by definition do not require sanction or special permission. The FCC's censorship is futile because ultimately they can't stop people from being exposed to ideas. Laws against ideas create thought crimes and, as we know from sci-fi movies, policing thought crimes can get very messy. Finally, the criteria for censorship, ie, whether it is "offensive" or "prurient". As you can see from the video below, the same bleeping and pixelating employed to render the bad stuff inert can be used to render inert stuff offensive and prurient. Enjoy..

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Posted by exaltron at June 15, 2006 07:55 PM

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