A few days ago I was on AfterEllen.com and read this post about British television banning an Amanda Palmer video because it made light of religion, abortion and date rape. Granted, it does use a catchy pop melody to describe the events but any doofus with a 5th grade education can see this was done with tongue firmly in cheek. In fact, Amanda herself writes about it on her own blog. Check out the video and see for yourself.
Now, while I do have an issue with censorship as most freedom-loving people do, my biggest WTF question was for the UK outlets that actually banned the video. Have they learned nothing? The surest way to get an unwanted or controversial subject into as many faces as possible is to ban it. As soon as I read about it, I immediatly wanted to see it.
Which goes to my second WTF moment. In this age of digital distribution over countless mediums, is banning still effective? Afterall, I didn’t have to do some super sneaky computer work to find “Oasis”. I just went to YouTube and found it. I mean come on governments, if you’re going to repress something, at least bring your A game.
Even as I was thinking about writing this post yesterday, a news story came on NPR about Tibetans distributing protest songs as ringtones on their cellphones. So even one of the most repressive regimes on the planet can’t completely stop something if it wants to get out there.