Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Frank Zappa the Wise

I was doing an internet search on the topic of censorship when I came across the link (at bottom) to a nearly twenty-year-old episode of Crossfire with the legendary Frank Zappa as a guest. The whole thing is about the need to censor mainstream media (or it's about incest, or maybe a right-wing 'fascist theocracy', I'm not sure - it gets kinda messy). But it's absolutely hilarious. And it's suprisingly revealing of what things have and haven't changed in twenty years.

It's also interesting to note last night's episode of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, which involved a parody of the First Lady telling dirty jokes (again), is perhaps the most recent example of the rekindeling of this old debate. Apparently a US Senator from Alaska has introduced legislation to apply the same censorship standards found on network television to cable. Wow. The more things change . . .

Here's the link to the Crossfire interview:

http://mediax.muchosucko.com/movies/512_video_frank_zappa_crossfire.mov

Unfortunately directlinking to this site is not available. You'll have to cut and paste to your browser to make it work.

2 Comments:

Blogger Aanen said...

America has WAY too much censorship (not as much as they used to but still). They even censored the Harry Potter books! HARRY-FRIGGIN-POTTER!!! (so I've been told, but I don't necessarly believe everything I'm told).

5/04/2005 6:23 PM  
Blogger Dædalux said...

Amen brother.

5/18/2005 1:37 PM  

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