The Rushdie group has been quiet... imagine that! But the recent (brief) discussion
concerning censorship inspired me to fire off a little something. Perhaps it will further the
censorship discussion? Perhaps we will have a few posts this month?
A new list member recently called Rushdie "one of the staunchest supporters of free
speech" and further suggested that because our group is moderated for spam, that it is in
essence "censored" and therefore not true to Rushdie's cause and not a pure free speech
forum. Does anyone agree with this view? How about other "grey area" censorship
questions? For example, what do you think Rushdie would say about the FCC? After the
somewhat recent Janet Jackson booby sighting here in the USA, it would seem that the FCC
has been even more ridiculous in their ridiculous crusade against profanity. Is it so
ridiculous? One of the most prominent critics (and recipients of FCC fines) is Howard
Stern, who recently revealed that he will move his morning radio show to satellite radio in
2006, a move due mainly to FCC harassment.
Does anyone think Rushdie would criticize the FCC for its large and (more often than not)
politically-tinged and politically-timed fines?
Would he side with Stern?
Would he say that SOME level of censorship should exist for shows like Stern's, which
could be accessible to young children? Stern's show airs in the morning and often consists
of detailed perverse sexual discussions. Any thoughts on this?