Sunday, June 22, 2008

Feckless journalism.

The Guardian, a newspaper written by adults for adults, recently ran an article about the explosion of bands that have the word "fuck" in their name. Wrote Alexis Petridis:
[Fuck] might just have still retained some of its capacity to shock in the punk era, but its omnipresence in hip-hop, the most popular music in the world, did for that. Three years ago a pop record called Fuck It was knocked off the top of the charts by a pop record called Fuck You Right Back and not an eyebrow was raised. And perhaps that's the real reason why so many bands have "fuck" in their name: it's just an everyday word.
Well, in the UK perhaps. Meanwhile over in the States, The New York Times, a newspaper run by inadvertently comic self-censors masquerading as adults, couldn't even bring itself to print the name of the band Fucked Up in a review of one of said band's concerts - not even with asterisks; readers were helpfully pointed to a blog URL where they could learn the name of the band the NYT thought worthy of a review. But this is a newspaper that couldn't even bring itself to print the title of Owen Pallett's (admittedly stupidly titled) album He Poos Clouds.

I know I complained about the New York Times' policy just a couple weeks ago, but there's something about this that just really sticks in my craw...


Mary said...

Yes, we are amazingly immature here in the good ol' U.S. of A. It's pretty scary, given that we think we should be the ones telling the rest of the world how to live.

Anonymous said...

"Shit, piss, fuck, cunt, cocksucker, motherfucker and tits. Wow."

- George Carlin 1937-2008