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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Historic Looney Toons Censored to be PC




Is it right to censor creative material to meet the politically correct terms of the current audiences?

Do we censor and rewrite history on a regular basis?

How much is lost when we do?


Banned Bugs Bunny "Racist" Scene

Southern Fried Rabbit 1953 Warner Bros. Bugs pretends to be slave and begs Yosemite Sam not to beat him. Censorship: On Cartoon Network, WB!, ABC, and the FOX version of "The Merrie Melodies Show", the entire scene is cut where Bugs impersonates a black slave to get past the Mason-Dixon line, blows his cover by playing "Yankee Doodle", places a whip in Yosemite Sam's hand and begs Sam not to beat him, then comes in as Abraham Lincoln reprimanding Sam for what he supposedly done. While ABC, Cartoon Network, and WB showings deleted the entire part, fox's "The Merrie Melodies Show" showed Bugs crossing the Mason-Dixon line as a slave and singing Yankee Doodle before Sam catches him, but cut the part where Bugs places a whip in Sam's hand, begs Sam not to beat him, then comes in as Abraham Lincoln to reprimand him. The Cartoon Network version also cuts the brief shot of Yosemite Sam coming out of a trench with a Confederate flag waving above it and yelling, "Charge!". EDIT// I had this on another account and it received over a million and a half views before youtube suspended the account.
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Redbox is giving Blu-ray rentals a green light.




The company, which rents movies for $1 a day through 
its thousands of kiosks across the country, said it will 
start stocking Blu-ray discs in its boxes and make 
the movies available for $1.50 per night.

"The Book of Eli," "Bounty Hunter," "Brooklyn's Finest" and "Green Zone" 
are among the first Blu-ray titles Redbox will offer, 
with the number of films and copies varying per kiosk.

Redbox had been talking about such plans for some time, 
seeking a way to attract a different kind of consumer 
and increase the amount of revenue its machines 
can generate for the company.

It couldn't start charging more for titles unless they were higher quality,
 the company said. Expansion to Blu-ray is just the latest move 
expected from Redbox, which also plans to introduce 
digital downloads or a streaming service in the future.

Redbox couldn't proceed with the rollout of new offerings 
until it wrapped up a series of legal disputes with various studios, 
including Warner Bros., Fox and Universal. 

Agreements call for Redbox to wait until a film has
 been available on homevideo for 28 days before 
it can stock those pics in its kiosks. The Blu-rays 
offered fit that waiting period.

Rival rental service Netflix had already been 
offering Blu-rays through its mail service and HD movies for streaming.

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Nevada leans Democrat

Nevada has moved from the "toss-up" category to "leans Democrat", according to a Rasmussen Poll. Senator Harry Reid now is above the margin of error in his lead over Sharon Angle. The poll also shows that six out of ten Nevadans find Angles views to be "extreme", and fewer than 30%, in keeping with national numbers, agree with her "Tea Party" platform.

SAG Actor: On Camera Acting Class Starts Friday

SAG Actor: On Camera Acting Class Starts Friday: "Auditions are on-camera. Your craft is on-camera. Shouldn't you learn and practice the skills needed for auditioning and performing on-cam..."

The Danger of People's Reporters and Social Media


Anti-Social Media

I heard a frightening story this week. A firefighter did not report for his shift. His fellow firefighters stopped by his apartment, where they found his body. The co-workers called 911, bringing out paramedics and later the fire chief, all devastated by the loss.

Other firefighters who weren’t on scene learned of the death via text message. The texts and cell phone calls quickly spread and eventually, news of the firefighter’s death appeared on Facebook. While en route to notify the firefighter’s estranged wife, the fire chief started receiving instant messages and texts asking about the death.

“We were so afraid his wife would hear it from a text or phone call before we could tell her in person,” the chief told me.

Fortunately, the wife was late getting home and doesn’t answer her cell while driving, so the chief was able to break the news to her in person. He added that a couple hours later, the wife started to compose a list of people to notify —family, friends and military buddies.

“Of the 10 names on that list, five had called because they saw it on Facebook,” he said.

Last month, my family learned of the sudden death of a young friend of my daughters’ via Facebook. The news itself was shocking, but it became quickly obvious that the family and close friends were not prepared for the deluge of phone calls of concern.

While newspapers and television news will hold the name of victims pending notification of family members, smartphones put the grapevine or phone tree on steroids.

There are plusses and minuses with today’s instant news delivery. For instance, departments can mass-deliver tornado warnings or evacuation-route update via texts. But can you imagine what would happen if tragic or incorrect information was sent out?

I’m just finishing the book, The Facebook Effect by David Kirkpatrick, the story of the origins of Facebook and its role in changing how people communicate. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s idea not only connected college students and high-school students, it opened up the world. Adults have found a new way to connect with family, friends and reconnect with people from the past, witnessed by Facebook’s announcement that it had reached 500 million users.

A couple years ago, I cautioned about first responders taking photos and posting them on Web sites, but how do you set rules or etiquette for texting or posts on Facebook, Twitter or whatever comes next?

How do you manage this new breed of social media reporters?

Low Price Kindle to booste on-line book sales

The new Kindle e-reader will come in two flavors: one with Wi-Fi and 3G Internet connections selling for $189, the other with Wi-Fi only for $139.


Amazon.com Inc. plans to release a cheaper Kindle e-reader next month, said Chief ExecutiveJeff Bezos, laying out a strategy to go "mass market" with an inexpensive gadget designed to do just one thing: sell digital books from Amazon, according to a Wall Street Journal report, quoted below:



The new Kindle features a screen with increased gray-scale contrast, a battery that lasts for a month, and a slightly smaller size. It will come in two flavors: one with Wi-Fi and 3G Internet connections selling for $189, the other with Wi-Fi only for $139. The latter will be among the cheapest wireless-equipped e-readers on the market, at least for now.
"We developed this device for serious readers. At these price points, it may be much broader than that," said Mr. Bezos in an interview. "People will buy them for their kids. People won't share Kindles any more."
Amazon will begin taking orders Thursday and the new models will begin shipping Aug. 27 to customers in 140 countries.

Republicans block small business lending bill


Senate Republicans blocked a bill to increase small business lending Thursday, dealing a setback to President Barack Obama's jobs agenda.

The bill would create a $30 billion government fund to help community banks increase lending to small businesses, combining it with about $12 billion in tax breaks aimed at small businesses. Democrats say banks should be able to use the lending fund to leverage up to $300 billion in loans to small businesses, helping to loosen tight credit markets.
The fund would be available only to banks with less than $10 billion in assets.

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