NICE BOAT PART 2: lol censorship

September 21, 2007 at 8:00 am 12 comments


So I gather everyone has heard about NICE BOAT. Well, Next up is NICE FOOD. (For the uninitiated, the second station to air the last School Days episode got cold feet and replaced the episode with a food-related program.)

I would point out that Japan, with a culture of male warriors who would disembowel themselves in front of their masters over perceived dishonor and were responsible for the kamikaze pilots (the world’s first suicide bombers), would freak out over a female hacking her father over some extramarital affairs (honestly, his behavior is rather unbecoming of a policeman, I would have publicly shamed him first, then force him to choose living in eternal disgrace or dying with honor intact), indicating that Japan has gone soft, but then again, I would also question if it is us that have hardened our hearts towards murder, since we see it in the ruddy news and those blasted American movies that glorify killing, but that isn’t really the point here.

Again, I would also like to talk about abortion, the sancity of life, the ethics of killing pregnant women (hot sausage, Trainwreck Days opens up so many cans of worms), and pre-marital affairs of some sort but really, what good would it do? Besides, I’m supposed to talk about censorship here, not all these issues. They’re distracting.

So, censorship. What is censorship? From dictionary.com:

1. an official who examines books, plays, news reports, motion pictures, radio and television programs, letters, cablegrams, etc., for the purpose of suppressing parts deemed objectionable on moral, political, military, or other grounds.

2. any person who supervises the manners or morality of others.

Sounds like a bad 1984 scenario, eh? Well hold up there, pardner. Before you go out to the streets demanding unfettered news reports, the airing of School Days 12, Moetan 6 to be on air, and Kodomo no Jikan to be an outright animated porn flick, youse gotta equip yerselves with why censorship is needed. Or what the governments want you to think it’s needed, for you conspiracy theorists out there (for the record, conspiracy theorists are kinda like Jack Thompson, except with a wee bit of common sense to not do stupid things like subpoena the President of the United States).

Censorship has been in effect for pretty much the course of human history. In fact, history is the perfect example of censorship, for only the victorious write and rewrite history, not the losers. What we are usually presented is the victor’s view on events that happened, not the defeated’s views. It does seem morally objectionable, yes?

Hold on for a bit there. Just one question for you. Why would the defeated write and rewrite history? What good would it serve them? There’s no reason for the defeated to write and rewrite history, not that they don’t deserve it, but rather, it’s because usually, there would be no one left to tell their story.Sure we all have this wonderful thing called the Internet, but back in the pre-Internet days, there was no such thing as banks of servers recording every single event as it unfolded. Humans had to rely on either the written word (shocking, I know) or word-of-mouth (even more shocking, I know) to know what was really going on. And thus, it was all but a simple matter to reword a press conference to favor someone, say a few words to influence the thoughts of the masses, what have you. With the advent of television, it was a far easier task to control the flow of information, for all you needed was a fair sum, and you could have some screentime on the boobtube.

Oh well, enough of boring, dry history, time to get to the meat.

Why does censorship exist? It’s because of two reasons, really. You are either not listening to your parents when they were teaching you manners and ethics or your parents were bad parents and didn’t teach you manners and ethics, and HUMANITY CANNOT AGREE TO DISAGREE.

Parenting in the old days was a pretty involving, tiring, and ultimately rewarding job. While one parent went off to work, the other would usually stay at home and mind the house. And that would also entail teaching whatever offspring the family had. usually, this would be the rudiments of reading writing and arithmetic, if they were lucky enough to know them, but most of the time, they were taught stuff like being nice to people, the joys of hard work, the frailty of life, how to keep a civil tongue, and values like honesty, truth and would someone please pass the salt. In those days, crime was quite unheard of, everyone was nice to one another and no one would dare begrudge another. They had to survive and one way or another they would have to accept differences and work together.

Unfortunately as time passed, technology advanced, and things started to happen, people slowly forgot these things. Since parents could not be at home to tend to the house (and children), these children began to stray from their parents’ good teachings. They learnt how to lie, cheat, and steal. They learnt how to curse and swear and to be not nice to people. And when television and the Internet came along, they grew even worse. Without the good teachings of their parents burnt into their minds they were unable to handle the great power thrust on their shoulders.

What happens when parents are unable to do their job? That’s where the state steps in. And usually, the state does a terrible job at parenting. Statesmen are not babysitters, they’re supposed to take care of the country, not the country’s children! There is censorship because parents have either failed to do their jobs or are unable to do so because society puts too much emphasis on the individual rather than the family unit! If parents could do their jobs right, we’d have a lot less censorship, because people would be a lot nicer to one another! Call me a friggin’ idealist, but it’s the truth! Once the state has to do the job of parents, half the time they screw up! See: Net Neutrality (okay, unrelated, so sue me), issues on racism, TV and videogame censorship.

Heck, we all should be a lot nicer to each other. It does wonders to friggin’ society. Don’t nail me to a tree for suggesting this, the last time someone mentioned this, he got nailed to one as punishment.

The other reason why censorship exists is that HUMANITY CANNOT AGREE TO DISAGREE.

You got 6 billion people on the planet (there’s more, I’d assume). You also have 6 billion sentient minds. That means 6 billion differing opinions. And with all those opinions flying around, it’s very hard to agree with another’s opinion when you’ve got one in your head.

It’s not rocket science people. Wars are fought because some ass in power does not agree with another’s opinion, and takes punitive action against the other guy whose opinion he does not agree with. (Oversimplifying and generalizing it a bit, I know) I mean, WE SENT PEOPLE TO THEIR DEATHS OVER A BUCKET! A BUCKET!!!!! A STUPID BUCKET!!!!!!!!

There’s racism because people are stupid and do not want to believe that there are other people just like them with a different skin tone, gay rights movement form because the rest of the world do not want to acknowledge the fact that homosexuals can be productive members of society, women’s right movements exist because females don’t think they should be treated like second-class citizens (ladies, if you got treated in a bad way sometimes, IT’S YOUR RUDDY FAULT.), heck, there’s a movement for pretty much every freakin’ issue on the planet. While some good has come out of it, I won’t deny the good that they do (abolishment of slavery, better treatment of women, minorities are now treated with some grudging respect), but most of the time, it just sounds like the stuff you read in a tabloid. Sensational, but sometimes, not truthful. (And there are “intellectuals” who think that going to space is the answer when we can’t solve this one fundamental problem. You idiots. How can we go to space if all we’re going to do is to fight one another, only this time IN SPACE. Think about that for a moment.)

Well, I suppose there’s a third reason why censorship exists, and yes, it’s a bad 1984 scenario.

In order to restrict and control what the people know, governments and corporations censor a fair amount of what the people should know. And why not? Most of the time, stuff that would normally offend the population, be it art, humor, movies books, news, episodes of cartoons, you name it, they’ll either tone it down or refuse to air it, citing reasons like “it’s harmful to society” or “we don’t want to scar people’s minds” to quell the flames of dissent.

Well, okay, so governments do it to either restrict information flow (China, most neo-fascist-communist countries) or to keep the country at peace (every other country in the world). What about corporations?

Corporations, unfortunately, aren’t THAT altruistic. Their main purpose is to turn a profit, no matter what. They go to any end to get that last dollar, usually through censorship via litigation. It’s a famous tactic, and it works every time.

Do I believe that censorship should exist? Well, there’s only two things I can say. “Who watches the watchers?” and “Absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Really, if the censors watches the information, who watches over the censors? And should there be people watching the censors, who watches them? And censors have an important role in maintaining society, that kind of power corrupts, so to speak.

I’m also not fond of censorship being abolished, because really, can anyone handle the truth about themselves? You tell someone their shortcomings, you instantly get insults, or a fist in your face. If censorship is abolished, people would have to grow extremely thick skins to withstand extremely withering insults about themselves and their families. And in today’s society, I don’t see that happening anytime soon.

Censorship: It exists because it’s your grail-bedamned fault. There’s no dodging the blame, it’s probably your fault it happened.

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12 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Lupus  |  September 21, 2007 at 10:07 am

    Censorship is all fine and dandy, I never believed in free speech or what have you.

    Less whinning, more lulz plz, kthx gg no rm.

    Or you could, at least, insult someone.

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  • 2. Moonlight Bomber  |  September 21, 2007 at 10:21 am

    Censorship also exists because there are some idiots who think that their government — and only their government — violates basic human rights, while they themselves constantly whine and force their own beliefs at the inconvenience of others, which is also considered as an abuse of rights.

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  • 3. Anonymous  |  September 21, 2007 at 10:37 am

    We’ll kill each other IN SPACE and that will be nice, classy, awesome and you know it.

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  • 4. Tyrenol  |  September 21, 2007 at 12:53 pm

    I remember a long time ago when the “Parental Advisory” symbol was placed on a media product so that the people sell them wouldn’t sell them to anybody under 18.

    Now we have someone with a Diana Ross haiirstyle flinging ghetto language at a hardworking female basketball team.

    It takes a village to raise children since they’ll be the future villagers who will take care of their village. Because, in the end, the “rats” will be the first to escape the sinking ship.

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  • 5. Shii  |  September 21, 2007 at 1:19 pm

    Nice boat.

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  • 6. Ian  |  September 21, 2007 at 10:25 pm

    >How can we go to space if all we’re going to do is to fight one
    >another, only this time IN SPACE. Think about that for a moment.

    I for one salivate at the possibility of one day shooting down people in spacecraft. But I’m an American so I guess when presented with the prospect of a beautiful new realm of exploration and discovery all I can think about is killing people there. Cheers!

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  • 7. Funnibunney  |  September 22, 2007 at 1:21 pm

    This is by far the most inane post I’ve ever read from you. The decision to pull School Days (a show I haven’t bothered to watch, nor do I care, I care more for Higurashi although its delay/possible cancellation doesn’t vex me so much) is not about “the government” or “censorship.” You of all people should know that Japan isn’t particularly squeamish about such things.

    Let’s say that a relative of yours recently died in a horrible plane crash. How would you feel if I made you sit through the movie “Alive?” (long story short–plane crash in South America, survivalism and cannibalism ensue).

    On another note, I find it rather telling that many fans are more upset about not getting gratification than they are about THE FACT THAT A GIRL COMMIT PATRICIDE IN A MOST GRUESOME WAY. There was even someone who had the gall to say, “She could have waited.”

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  • 8. Nestor  |  September 24, 2007 at 2:07 am

    Well, that was rambling and disjointed. Rather than censorship, what you need is an editor 🙂

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  • 9. tidal  |  September 28, 2007 at 10:49 pm

    why does censorship exist? Easy. Play Bioshock, and soon enough you’ll find out.

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  • 10. Anonymous  |  October 2, 2007 at 10:36 am

    tl;dr

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  • 11. drmchsr0  |  October 2, 2007 at 10:46 am

    tl;dr: lol censorship

    Reply
  • 12. Dunneh  |  November 23, 2007 at 12:24 am

    It’s a myth that ‘things were better in the old days,’ and that ‘people were more decent then.’ That’s a product of the Brady Bunch and Leave it to Beaver and not reality.

    How far back in time are you going? Think of any period of time and I’ll find you atrocities to match. Three thousand years and thats probably the only common element throughout history no one disputes: we fight, a lot.

    Censorship doesn’t change people. Not seeing crimes doesn’t mean people won’t commit them. I will ask you something, though– what was the first thing to ever be censored? And who decided it should be? Why? I don’t like my decisions being made for me, ‘for my own good’– personally.

    In any case, I think they were just trying to be sensitive in light of the shocking crime and not trying to censor per se.

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