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  •  I think we're on very similar pages. (4+ / 0-)
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    Beautifully written, by the way.   I agree that formal governmental censorship is not the way.  I am not opposed to some forms of very local censorship.  For example: small town codes that forbid naked dancing ladies in bars.  If you really need to see that, drive a few miles.

    But I do think that the public needs to wake up re the level of sadistic violence that is poured like gravy over half the films and video games made these days.   And trust me--unless you're a Mennonite, you will never protect your 10 year old from the constant flow of trash.  I still am haunted by the day my then 11 year old son asked me why people make movies that include torture.  He had seen such a film because the parents of a friend were morons.  He was very disturbed by it.  he was old enough to know the difference between documentary films and entertainment.  Try to compose a good answer yourself.  

    One way to limit the flow of such material is simple and wholesale public scorn and boycoot, as corny as that may sound.

    ecstatically baffled

    by el vasco on Thu Apr 04, 2013 at 07:48:12 AM PDT

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    •  Boycoot? I'm all in. LOL. (3+ / 0-)
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      Seriously, you're right, it's only going to happen by changing the market for that stuff. Totally. It's not corny, it's really the only way it's going to happen in a way that both liberals and conservatives can deal with, ie, without censorship. IMO, the censorship thing is the common ground. True conservatives hate it (though they are a dying breed), and so do progressives.

      As far as local censorship is concerned, I'm not so sure it's a good idea. Love him or hate him, but John Waters suffered under it. There's still a town in New York State that has a warrant out for his arrest for obscenity! For years his films could not be shown in Baltimore. I suppose if local towns want to try something puritanical, OK, but what that does is make people against violent media look like prigs. Your public pressure approach is, alas, probably the only thing we've got because Hollywood, for the most part, only understands one thing: money.

      What is truth? -- Pontius Pilate

      by commonmass on Thu Apr 04, 2013 at 07:56:16 AM PDT

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