Inappropriate for Some Audiences
7 words that can’t be said in mass media? How quaint a concept is that? Robin Thicke has caused a controversy with his latest video. Try watching it on YouTube & you’ll need to be logged in; otherwise, you may see a message like this:
Self-Censoring Makes the “Seven Dirty Words” Obsolete?
This is the 21st Century, right? How long has this argument been going on? Half a century in electronic media. At least. Listen to Lenny Bruce in the 60′s:
And, with websites’ ability to check for age-appropriate audiences, has the “7 Words” hullabaloo ended? In principle, the age of Self Censorship should be upon us… or not, as the case may be.
A recent on-demand viewing of the BBC’s latest hit, Orphan Black demonstrated extreme violence, coarse language, adult situations, nudity and sexual content. Although actress Tatiana Maslany has a logical, contextual explanation:
And it’s a hit; so advertisers must not have been too perturbed about it.
Getting back to Thicke’s new album & video release – what’s curious about it? Not the language & use of certain contextual verbiage. Not the gratuitous nudity. Not the over-the-top promotional value…