A few fun videos to share. First, this commercial from Air New Zealand: And who says censorship destroys art? In this video, censorship is art.
Quebec to Consider Suicide Warning
The Globe and Mail and other sources recently reported that the Culture Minister in Quebec has asked the Régie du cinéma to consider adding an appropriate warning notice for films that depict suicide. Quebec has the highest suicide rates in Canada, and the idea of a suicide warning for films is supported by suicide prevention groups… Continue reading Quebec to Consider Suicide Warning
Won’t Someone Think of the Children
The New Censors: Movies and the Culture Wars was published in 1997. Author Charles Lyon looks at how the decline of government censorship in the the United States was followed by a rise in censorship attempts by social groups on the left and right of the political spectrum. Although the book is about movies, and… Continue reading Won’t Someone Think of the Children
Don’t Fear the XXX Domain
After seven years of wrangling, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has approved XXX as a sponsored generic top level domain (TLD). Curiously, the adult entertainment industry and religious and family groups both opposed this move, though for different reasons. The industry fears easier censorship, resents the creation of a virtual red-light district,… Continue reading Don’t Fear the XXX Domain
Censoring Search Engines
Whenever people worry about “bad” content on the internet, however you define bad content, a proposed solution is to require search engines to censor their results. This leads to earnest discussion over whether or not forcing search engines to censor results will solve the problem, and at what cost. For example, could movie piracy be… Continue reading Censoring Search Engines
The “Not a Love Story” Myth
One of the persistent myths about the Ontario Film Review Board (OFRB) is that they banned the NFB anti-pornography documentary “Not a Love Story: A Film About Pornography.” Wikipedia is one of the sources that perpetuates this myth. As with all myths, there is an element of truth, but here’s the whole story. In the… Continue reading The “Not a Love Story” Myth
The Americans are Coming! The Americans are Coming!
The Ontario Government created a Board of Censors in 1911. That same year saw boards established to the west in Manitoba, to the east in Quebec, and to the south in Pennsylvania. Major cities had censors for stage plays, and with purpose built theatres showing ever longer and more depraved movies, something needed to be… Continue reading The Americans are Coming! The Americans are Coming!
The King’s F* Speech
I recently attended The King’s Speech with my two oldest sons. This was significant for a number of reasons. The last film we attended together was the muddled Tron: Legacy, and I have fond memories of being up all night with my oldest when he couldn’t sleep, watching Toy Story over and over again. So… Continue reading The King’s F* Speech
Movie Theatres are Dangerous, and so is Nationalism – Censorship in 1920
After an early experiment “judging each film on its own merits,” Ontario re-instated formal standards in 1920. Prohibited films included those that were degrading, immoral, improperly suggestive, harmful, and indecent, or that showed foreign flags, cruelty to animals, firearms, violence, crime, arson, insanity, murder, suicide and breaking the law (except in good natured comedies). Also… Continue reading Movie Theatres are Dangerous, and so is Nationalism – Censorship in 1920
Lady Chatterley’s Lover
Fifty years ago, a British court determined that the novel Lady Chatterley’s Lover, by D. H. Lawrence, was not obscene. It was originally published in 1928, but could not be published in England (or Canada) until 1960. The story (an affair between a working class man and an upper class woman), some sex scenes, and some… Continue reading Lady Chatterley’s Lover
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