Jun
23

Wuh?




Posted at 1:05 by Gavin M.

Not that we totally dig Rotten.com. There are only so many pictures of dead people and bizarre sex acts you can see before it’s like, okay, we’ve been exploring the darker side of the human experience for years now — the Georges Bataille twisties of the mind and psyche — but have we learned anything yet?

But as blechy as Rotten.com sometimes is, the US media is often just as bad in the other direction. And what happened tonight? This did.

(Pretty much work-safe, by the way.)

Surprise-o! Must have missed that debate in the press. Of course, I wouldn’t claim anything close to press omniscience, but it’s interesting to note that as usual, the pix of gross human corpses are unaffected, while the ones of alive, naked people are subject to criminal prosecution. It’s certainly a story that one could run with, as with the months-long press uproar over the Meese Commission, if one had a mind to.

Truly, the Internet could stand fewer pictures of naked people (and better-quality ones, for that matter). But if only professional, industry porn is now to be legal (!?), then another Fun Fact gleaned tonight — not checked yet, but passed on as recieved — makes one scratch one’s head a bit: General Motors and AT&T, through ownership of cable companies and other interlocking interests, seem to take 80% of the profits from the American porn industry.

Which somehow seems obliquely to touch a finger to Mary Carey and the Bush Bangeroo of the past couple weeks, but in what way I don’t have the vaguest whatsis. You just get that familiar, Bush Presidency feeling of tanks rumbling into formation in the distance — of Something being Up, except you won’t know what it is until the battalions are in place and the air support is droning overhead with bomb racks laden.

14 Comments »

  1. Anne said,

    June 23, 2005 at 13:15

    I read this morning that Rehnquist is retiring, and Gonzalez is a top pick to replace him. http://www.livejournal.com/users/twistedchick/1337309.html

  2. Yosef said,

    June 23, 2005 at 14:13

    Remember way back when we thought that it was bad that Ashcroft put those really expensive curtains up to hide that statue’s boobs? I guess I always thought it was more just his crusade, but now we see it’s an administration-wide thing.

    Hell, maybe it all started with Giuliani in NYC. I guess the signs have been there.

  3. Vivek said,

    June 23, 2005 at 16:24

    Man, if you thought Prohibition was bad, try to take someone’s porn away.

    On the plus side, given porn’s driven almost every advance on the Internet, we might see a flurry of innovation to get around all this crap!

  4. Angie said,

    June 23, 2005 at 16:33

    Wow. And not wow in a good way either. Damn!

  5. Vestal Vespa said,

    June 23, 2005 at 18:45

    I fear the insidious spread of evangelism and anti-thought far, far more than I fear porn. I dearly hope I’m not alone.

  6. Brad R. said,

    June 23, 2005 at 19:03

    If we can’t view videos of cannibalistic necropedaphiles, the terrorists have won.

  7. Oh, FTLOG said,

    June 23, 2005 at 20:38

    WTF?

    Does anyone else feel that Big Brother is not-so-slowly restricting the movements of the little people, while simply looking the other way as the fat cats lie, rob, cheat and steal (Haliburton, Enron, IRAQ). Is there no one who can stop these people? Hell, Vice President Haliburton continues his raping of the American taxpayers, yet they spent millions and got a special prosecutor for Whitewater?

    Gimme a f*cking break!

  8. george said,

    June 23, 2005 at 21:54

    gay.com also censored.

    this is getting creepy

  9. Harry Cheddar said,

    June 23, 2005 at 22:16

    If you like the wierd news (and really, who doesn’t?) ya gotta check out the Daily Rotten blog. Also, they have a great library of strange subjects. Not much of the splat’n scat, but a nice collection of bizarre history stuff.

  10. Harry Cheddar said,

    June 23, 2005 at 22:18

    Damn HTML tags. The Daily Rotten link is http://www.dailyrotten.com.

  11. Gavin M. said,

    June 23, 2005 at 23:55

    The thing that’s really puzzling is that after all the thousands of hours I’ve spent on the internet, including looking at every kind of perverted or pirate warez site that exists, I don’t think I’ve ever run across a single piece of actual child pornography.

    It clearly exists, but finding it must take quite a lot of effort.

  12. melior said,

    June 24, 2005 at 4:44

    Angie: you’re not alone.

  13. Phoenician in a time of Romans said,

    June 26, 2005 at 13:11

    The thing that’s really puzzling is that after all the thousands of hours I’ve spent on the internet, including looking at every kind of perverted or pirate warez site that exists, I don’t think I’ve ever run across a single piece of actual child pornography.

    It clearly exists, but finding it must take quite a lot of effort.

    Nope.

    Try an anonymous file sharing program such as WinMX. Try trolling through for pictures of naked women (as you do when you’re bored and the music video you were after is taking forever to download) and you’ll easily find references to underage and child porn. It’s there, it’s immediately available, it’s hardcore and it’s goddamned sickening.

  14. Soliel said,

    July 6, 2005 at 18:05

    KILL THE BASTARDS!

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