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.)