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So apparently, the Bush administration has declared a war on Internet… 
28th-Jun-2005 02:46 pm
[Phoenix] X-Files Edgeworth.
So apparently, the Bush administration has declared a war on Internet porn (we'll see how long that lasts). What I love is that they can go about claiming it's 'for duh childwen', while simultaneously cutting a quarter of the government's funding that goes to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which funds PUBLIC TELEVISION. As in, those wonderful educational shows like Nova and Masterpiece Theater and numerous bits of British programming. But of course, those shows are popular, so which ones are going to be hit the hardest? Lesser known shows specifically designed for education, like, oh I don't know, maybe the kinds of things that get shown in schools? Maybe? Because the childwen mean jack-shit when 'preparing a budget during times of deficits.' Not that we can't afford to spend millions of dollars policing the internet because, well, we've gotta protect those kids!!!11!!1

In a comment I saw someone point out the irony that all this outcry was over porn. It's not. This is not 'OMG what'll I wank off to now?!' This is, 'What can be defined as porn?' When will they set their righteous bullseye on art? On paintings, comics, novels, movies, digital works? How long will the personal liberty of self-expressioin remain just that, a liberty? It's not as if they haven't tried before. History is filled with horrific attempts to quash personal opinion and most mainstream forms of art have seemed under attack for decades now. How far off is the terrifying future portrayed by Fahrenheit 451 or 1984? Is Sandman going to be banned one day because OMG that cat-woman has bare boobs?! Will Lolita be outlawed because of rampant sexuality and depictions of, well, the Lolita complex?

I'm going to the library today. Along with some Terry Pratchett and some Neil Gaiman, I think I should pick up 1984.
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29th-Jun-2005 03:21 am (UTC)
You should pick up 1602. Its not porn, but its Neil Gaiman. Its also a very interesting spin on the Marvel Universe.
29th-Jun-2005 07:56 am (UTC)
Dude, I picked up every issue as it came out in stores :D. I'm not sure if they're here, though, or left back in Memphis XP. Not to mention I was sad that teh 'Crawler never showed up ;_;. Maybe in a sequel...

I ended up getting an autobiography of Gene Wilder, Eric idle's 'The Greedy Bastard Diary', a book of Over the Hedge comics, a new book of Bloom County (OMG OPUS LOVE) comics, two Discworld books (and requested a copy of Maskerade), 1984, and Neil Gaiman's 'Smoke and Mirrors'. All in all, a productive evening. ^_^
29th-Jun-2005 04:03 pm (UTC)
Anonymous
If there's ever a sequel it will have to take place inside the Watcher's pocket. I kind of wanted to see Gambit or Wolverine in it, the whole deal was the creators only wanted to use characters from the first "generation" of Marvel comics.
29th-Jun-2005 04:04 pm (UTC)
I don't know why that was posted anonymously.
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