[FoRK] Casualty of War: Victoria's Secret

Stephen D. Williams sdw at lig.net
Mon Apr 12 06:54:59 PDT 2004

This is really terrible, but I note with some satisfaction that the 
growth, prominance, and solidification of areas out of reach of the 
'moral busybodies' has continued smoothly.  For a fee, you can get cable 
TV, satellite TV, satellite radio, mostly unfettered Internet content 
(which is rapidly becoming the only free uncensored media), erotic stuff 
by mail, etc.

Compared to 20 to 40 years ago, this is a complete sea change and there 
doesn't seem to be much that can be done about it.  You can view all of 
the fanatic activity related to broadcast TV and radio as desperation 
since, besides schoolbooks, it is just about the last areas exposed to 
minority rule.

I note that if FM stations could broadcast digitally and there were 
XM-like receivers that could only receive an encrypted station's 
broadcast if they were a 'member' and if the stations charged just 
$1/year, I believe they would be completely free from FCC control.  
That's the HBO model, right?
We can build software-defined radios now, although making the transition 
is the trick.


Contempt for Meatheads wrote:

> ...casualty of the "culture war," that is.  Grrr....  What's next?   
> Abercrombie and Fitch sent up the river?
> -- 
> Found on Doc's blog; from the dirty-dirty-titty department:
> Legalize free speech
>   It's a shame that we're busy fighting for freedom and liberty 
> abroad  while continuing to stifle [1] it at home. In The New 
> Puritanism  Spreads, [2] Jeff Jarvis [3] reports that Victoria's 
> Secret has  cancelled its TV show, [4] no doubt terrorized, literally, 
> by the  prospect of Xtreme punishment for the showing of breasts and 
> other  forms of "indecency" [5] as redefined by America's Taliban. [6] 
> Sez  Jeff, America is undergoing a mass mastectomy.
> [1]  http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml? 
> type=industryNews&storyID=4769486
> [2] http://www.buzzmachine.com/archives/2004_04_12.html#006806
> [3] http://buzzmachine.com/
> [4]  http://www.nynewsday.com/entertainment/nyc- 
> vicsecret0412,0,5368343.story?coll=nyc-enthome-headlines
> [5] http://www.fcc.gov/parents/content.html
> [6] http://www.parentstv.org/ptc/fcc/indecency.asp
> -- 
> jb
> ---
> Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may  
> be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons  
> than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber barons cruelty may  
> sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but 
> those  who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, 
> for they  do so with the approval of their own conscience.
>     -C. S. Lewis
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