Vice Squad
Tuesday, April 13, 2004
Outsourcing John Ashcroft and Michael Powell?

A friend of Vice Squad sends along this BBC report on a technological solution to that bothersome problem of smutty DVDs:

"American cinephiles will soon be able to enjoy their movies without sex, violence, swearing - indeed, without any of the interesting bits.

Wal-Mart, the country's mightiest retailer, is preparing to ship a $79 DVD player that automatically strips out potentially offensive content.

The gadget, made by French-owned RCA, aims to tap into mounting concern in the US about media standards."

And though I have adopted a lighthearted tone for this story, I am all in favor of such technological filtering devices -- as long as they remain voluntary. (Here's an earlier Vice Squad post on the generally ignored V-chip, which provides similar filtering for TV shows.)

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