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Re: [dvd-discuss] MovieMask - I'm sure the lawsuit is on itsway

My comment on the "dangers" was not directed at children,where parents 
have the moral duty to know what their children are watching and the right 
to dictate what can be. It was directed more at the adults.  A few weeks 
ago someone commented on the erasing of guns in the rerelease of "E.T." 
Imagine this on a larger scale. It's worse than fast forwarding through 
something because you can get rid it without being inconvenienced. As an 
example. Look at Disney's "Bambi". Without Bambi loosing his mother there 
would be no drama or even story. Get rid of that scene and it just becomes 
a bunch of cute animals running around....well....thiis may not be a good 
example. That's pretty much what Disney Studios does these days....

"John Zulauf" <johnzu@ia.nsc.com>
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11/15/01 11:47 AM
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Michael A Rolenz wrote:
> One of the dangers of devices of this sort is the ability of people to
> "gentilize" their lives so that they don't ever see anything that they
> don't ever want to see again. You don't want to see the bad villan, edit
> him out..Of course the hero's triumph doesn't seem as large or as
> entertaining.

Actually, the ability to edit for children and "broadcast" standards
actually ensures the artists freedom to be "Nasty as they want to be". 
I don't have to buy 2 live crew, but a www.editDaCrew.com which would
download EDL's to bleep the album would expand their market.

> WRT to the "Old Man", my Dad only started using profanity infront of 
> children when they were past 16. Ditto for adult humor-which I found 
> more entertaining than the adolescent humor at school.

As with all parenting questions, there are no right answers, only lots
of less wrong ones.  Not making any claim to virtue or vice here -- I
just know that children are parrots and far more is caught than taught
-- thus I favor being able to target what I think is appropriate for my
kids until they mature enough to make those choices (which I hopefully
will recognize accurately, and prior to the point where their is little
I can do about it anyway).