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Thursday, December 30, 2004 

what's wrong with shit anyway?

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something constantly bugs me whenever i flip through my copy of 8 days. it's practically the only thing i read besides books that make me think so hard i get a headache (i.e: conrad's heart of darkness.) so let's just say 8 days is probably my only worthy form of light reading.

but i digress. back to the thing that bugs me when i read the family friendly magazine...

notice how singapore's journalists have a weird hobby out of censoring rude words? either that or they find themselves forgetting how to spell said rude words. for example, we have f*** or f____, and sh*t. the first example, i would understand why they censor it. personally i found it a little too vulgar for everyday usage. but i just find myself wondering what is wrong with the other word.

take avril lavigne's song as another example. in "my happy ending", the line "all the shit that you did" was changed to "all the stuff that you did". before that, we have a censoring sound that sounds like someone trying to blow a trumpet but failed whenever avril tried to say "shit". in our newspapers and magazine, these so-called vulgarities are politely censored with asterisks and underlines, giving people a clear implication of what the author was trying to say but without actually spelling it out.

ok, i understand. we do not want to corrupt the next generation into thinking that it is ok to spew vulgarities in every alternate syllable. just like how some people righteously stood out against a possible corrupting element for the next generation, our government and many others scramble to keep our children's ears innocent by not-so-subtly erasing out what is deemed as offensive.

at this rate of censorship, i guess i should be surprised that eminem's songs didn't make it to our family-friendly radios sounding like some jazzed up ringtone in a nokia 8250 phone:

"but how dare you try to take what you didn't help me to get
you selfish *toot*, i hope you *toot toot toot toot tooooooot*."

- from "cleaning out my closet"


face it. even if the media religiously cover up these vulgarities, it has become common knowledge what these journalists want to say. besides, children these days become so smart, they will quickly grasp the meaning of fuck, shit and ass, together with our unique mix of hokkien vulgarities. such effort is plain ridiculous and wasted.

we're getting overprotected. help, i'm suffocating!

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anyway, allow me to digress a little bit more before i end this post.

a) i hate mediacock. they screw everything up. mediaworks why did you have to go?!?! =( damn i'll just have to stick to cable and foreign productions now. screw mediacock. sheesh.

b) let's have a moment's silence in memory of all those who have been brutally killed by mother nature's wrathful tsunamis and earthquakes and pray that all will pass soon.

c) i'll have to start thinking about year 2004 and my new year resolutions. =|

thus i bid thee goodnight.

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