Ok, is it only me or does it piss you off when you watch the news / listen to music / watch TV shows, and they edit out all the "inappropriate" materials (such as swear words, "graphical" scenes etc…)? I mean, shouldn’t it be down to the audience to decide whether they want to watch / listen to it?
The reason why I’m saying this is because this always happen on the media (not so much for stuff on the web – thanks goodness!) and I just think censoring the media totally ruins the experience – it’s like reading a poem only to have a paragraph taken out just because our traditional view suggest it’s inappropriate – for fuck’s sake, if you don’t want to watch / listen to it, hit the "mute" button or turn the bloody thing off!!!
That brings me onto the next point – media complaints. I just think it’s stupid when people stay in front of their TV for an hour or two watching a show, only to complain about it afterwards – yes, I agree if the show suck in it’s content / performance then you should bitch to the producers about it (but you shouldn’t have wasted all that time watching the whole program in the first place!). But if it’s about the fact that someone swore or if the show presented some well intended, accurate, truthful and informative content that upset some people, then I suggest the producers reply with some of the following suggestions:
• Don’t watch the show.
• Accustom yourself to the "mute", "power off" and "channel selection" buttons.
• Get up to speed with the everyday language! (for swearing complains)
• We live in a real world and unpleasant things do happen – you should have read the warnings!
However, as I’ve expressed, I do agree some sort of warning(s) should be there warning the audience what is in the program, before the person tunes into the show.
So for the relevant licensing authorities (or whatever you call them), stop ruining the experience for everyone and further educate people on how to protect themselves against materials they don’t want to see!