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McMasters on DVD Scrubbing

Filed under  by Amanda Toering — 04/25/2005 @ 8:03 am

The First Amendment Center’s Paul McMasters has some thoughts on the practice of “sanitizing” DVD releases (including, it turns out, “Shrek").

In the end, no amount of technology can take the place of the exquisitely fine filter that is the human mind. We have the ability to delete, deconstruct and even destroy any communication that comes our way, or to turn it to our own elevation. True, from time to time, we will encounter language or ideas that offend, but we should be wary of contracting out our right and duty to choose for ourselves which communications we receive, from Hollywood or anyone else, and how we evaluate what we do receive.

Published in the Naples Daily News.


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