Monday, July 12, 2004

Nipped in the Bud ( How Janet Jackson Effectively Killed Live Broadcasting)

It's the end of live broadcasting as we know it.

For fear of incurring the FCC's wrath in the wake of Janet's Superbowl nipple-baring stunt, stations all over the US are now implementing a 40-second Profanity Delay System that will allow live programs to edit out offensive words and sequences.

Last time I checked, "live" meant real-time. If what you hear and what you see do not happen in real-time (delays that happen when broadcasting live from the Abu Sayyaf's lair in the boondocks do not count, of course), then really, they can't be truly called live, can they?

Much ado about one nipple. And not a particularly attractive one at that.

P.S. Out of curiosity, I tried Googling for pictures of Jackson's KSP-stunt but stumbled into the Twighlight Zone instead. I do not know what is up with my favorite search engine but even with the Safe Search Mode turned off, the search string "Janet+Jackson+superbowl", which ordinarily would yield a truckload of results, returned exactly one picture -- an artwork of a geisha. What the...

Try it.