Thursday, October 19, 2006

Broadcasting From Home

Rude, Crude and Lewd

it seems that some blogs have built in censors, in case writers whould post a Bad Word.

I noticed this lately on Bruce Simpson's Aardvark, one of our oldest and most respected blogs, which replaced the fairly common, and vulgar, "shit" with a pathetic US network-style *beep*.

Bruce will no doubt say what he will about the need for nanny software like this in a blog that increasingly rails against the controls of "nanny state" and other limits on free expression.
So I thought I'd try a little test.

I typed the US FCC bad words list into Aardvark, together with a few of my own:

bugger
shit
fuck
cunt
fucken
fucker
nigger
arsehole
asshole
twat
motherfucker
tit
piss
tauiwi
coconut

Aardvark deleted all the variants of 'fuck', together with 'nigger'. A curious set opf choices.

Overnight Aardvark's resident nanny, someone called Greg, removed the list from that blog - which they have a perfect right to do, because it's their space, not mine.

But I wonder what other words are not allowed to appear over there...