Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Hays, the fifties

Mark Sullivan (
Wed, 29 Jul 1998 15:21:14 -0400 (EDT) At least in the US, the censorship of movies, and also comics post-EC,
was all industry self-censorship. Basically, those industries were far
too wimpy to stand up and wrap themselves in the first ammendment that
the publishing industry takes for granted (let's see what happens with
the Palladin Press case). This is furthered by the concentration of
ownership in those industries, which makes it in their best economic
interest to keep out smaller upstarts who might make a name through
sensationalism. They can be kept in line by having industry guidelines
shoved down their throats with the help of distributors who refuse to
carry non-approved movies or comics.

It reminds me, though, when I was growing up, my parents let me openly
read books of movies I was not allowed to see. After having seen many
of those moives later, I can truthfully say that the boks were far more
graphic and explicit.


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