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G-Man
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Your man the health minister Reid might be second only to Geoff Hoon in cuntishness, but he's had a really good idea.

According to Sky, he's planning to introduce legislation which would ban advertising for junk food from children's TV. I think that is a great idea, and I can't wait for the gnashing of teeth by TV companies, ad agencies and Ronald McDonald, Colonel Sanders and Gary Lineker.

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bryanattoni
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I wonder how the advertisers will get around this. Will we see "Milky Way Country" and "Joe the Marsian"?
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Ginger Yellow
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Frankly, I don't see why we can't do what the Swedes do, and ban all advertising aimed at children. The pernicious use of "pester power" in advertising is well documented from leaked memos and the like, and is pretty hard to defend - especially when it comes to junk food.
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In the US, MTV has banned any commercials for the documentary Super Size Me from airing on the network (if you don't know what the movie is, google it. I'd explain, but I've heard/read so many interviews with the filmmaker in the last two weeks that I've lost all desire to see it since I feel like I have already).

They explained the refusal to accept the commericals by saying that it put fast-food restaurants in a bad light.

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To misquote Gandhi: "American free speech? I think it would be a good idea."

I'm not just being facetious here. The first amendment has been pretty good at protecting citizens' freedom of expression from governmental interference, and even more so at creating an atmosphere in which free speech is rightly treasured. I'll ignore it's failures post 9/11 for the purposes of this discussion. But because of the way it's formulated, it offers absolutely no protection against non-governmental censors, especially corporations. Given that corporations now exceed nation states in power in many ways, and given that they control so much of public discourse, isn't it time to revisit the amendment to extend its protections? The amendment was designed to prevent those in power from suppressing uncomfortable truths (and untruths, in practice). Yet it's the corporations who have the power now, and it's they who are doing the censoring.

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