When censorship bites the hand that supports it

Mind boggling… It is shocking that, no matter how bad a song it is, Money For Nothing is being banned from Candian airwaves for using an offensive word.
The word in use is fa**ot, but the ban ignores the context in which it is used, which is actually hyper-critical of the character that is singing the song. May as well burn copies of Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn and To Kill A Mockingbird because they use the N word, regardless of the context in which it is used.

Of course, we already have instances of places in the United States banning Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer because of its use of the N word which has lead to edited versions being released.

What a world we now live in when artistic works that actually support causes of equality are now being removed because of their use of a word that could be offensive if it is used in a certain context. How depressing.


Jared Loughner and the Politics of Rhetoric

Whatever the situation with this disturbed young man and his actions in Tucson, Arizona on Saturday one thing is clear. The political rhetoric, on both sides but in particular from the dominant right wing news channel (FOX) and the dominant right wing radio hosts, as well as certain gun loving half-term governors, has to stop.

The violent rhetoric of guns may not be directly connected to the violence seen on Saturday in the USA, but what it has done is fostered the climate that allows a disturbed young man to thrive like this.

The sooner America realises that using terminology like “Don’t Retreat, Reload” and using imagery like gun sights when targeting political opponents is unacceptable, the sooner proper political discussion can happen.

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