Won’t Somebody Please Think of the Children II

The Vancouver Maritime Museum is currently hosting an exhibit called Tattoos & Scrimshaw: The Art of The Sailor. Scrimshaw can refer to any decorative object made by sailors, but in this case describes engraved and inked whale bone or teeth. Some of the engravings contain what might be considered “mature subject matter,” and the museum… Continue reading Won’t Somebody Please Think of the Children II

Crowdsourcing Censorship

Fast Company reports that the Egyptian government is using crowdsourcing as a way to censor the web. This is hardly new. Wikipedia has defacto crowdsourcing censorship, and many websites use crowdsourcing to filter offensive content. When you submit your photo to a social or dating site, the site does not have full time employees making… Continue reading Crowdsourcing Censorship

The Night Before Nightmares

Clement Clarke Moore’s 1832 poem, “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas,” is often abbreviated, with a verse or two removed to protect young minds from boredom and corruption, so the release of a new censored version (by a Canadian editor) is not that surprising. In this version, the following lines are deleted: The stump of a… Continue reading The Night Before Nightmares

Images and Ideas

Performer Kyrsten Ritter, seemingly topless in an ABC show. The hot new trend on TV is apparently pixelated nudity. Pixelation is a newer and less obvious approach to covering up naughty bits than the traditional black box, so it allows the appearance of nudity without violating broadcast standards. In other words, the idea of nudity… Continue reading Images and Ideas

Teleology and Censorship

One of my many delights in a particular Film Studies class was learning the concept of teleology. Teleology is a philosophical notion that states things have a natural goal or end, and all that came before was leading to that end. In some cases, this approach seems logical: I am the end result of my… Continue reading Teleology and Censorship

Violence in Movies

The recent theatre shootings in Aurora, Colorado, have given a higher profile to concerns about violence in movies. To what extent does movie violence reflect a violent society, or create a violent society? This is a difficult question, but it needs to be asked. There have always been violent movies, with 1903’s The Great Train… Continue reading Violence in Movies