Wondered, in the light of all this, if current debate might give Ray Bradbury some air-time to discuss his feelings on the topic of "Fahrenheit 911.".
If so, perhaps this strange pairing might give the real "Fahrenheit" the spotlight, again.
On a (somewhat) related note, did anyone notice that Amazon.com has a listing for a new hardback issue of 451, slated to come out in October? It must be the 50th anniversary edition. Can't wait to see it!
So glad Mel Gibson came to his senses! The Moore project could have irreversibly damaged his otherwise brilliant career. Perhaps he saw shades of Dixie Chicks, who some are calling the "French Hens". Last week, two DJ's were canned for playing their music. Censorship again becomes the weapon of choice to conform the masses. In this particular case, it seems the majority agrees.
Nonetheless, Disney is now holding this trickbag that is being classified as entertainment. Wonder what they hope to achieve by enabling Moore's agenda.
Well, let's be clear about the odious, ugly and moronic firing of the two DJs. They weren't fired because they refused to censor the Dixie Chicks in an effort to conform the masses. They were fired for not following a marketing plan. I think it's important to not play the censorship card when commercial not ideological issues are at stake, otherwise the word's definition is stretched to encompass too much and it begins to mean too little.
[This message has been edited by CharlieMount (edited 05-14-2003).]
Here, here, CharlieMount. If these DJ's find it odious to NOT play the Dixie Chicks, then they're most welcome to open their own radio station and play them 'till their hearts' content. (Or, better yet, and easier, and cheaper, create a website devoted to the group.)
Of course the whole idea of what becomes commerically acceptable IS an ideological issue. For example, with the FCC's lowereing (and virtual elimination) of ownership caps more and more media outlets are owned by fewer and fewer people, so radio stations (and TV stations) are forced to appeal to the whims of the public just to stay alive. In a world where a you have a million owners of radio stations there is plenty of room for niche, and no one will care what the Dixie Chicks say. But that isn't the case today. Today dialogue is squelched by the few owners that exist in an effort to stay viable. In a real sense the FCC has created an environment where commercial decision are a sort of de facto, if still unconscious, censorship.
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