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Empty Vee: Lights On, Nobody Home

by bongo flowers Monday, Mar. 24, 2003 at 12:12 AM
bongo_6900@yahoo.com

I was watching the very first night MTV was on the air, back in the eighties. i saw that buggles video. Now it looks like censorship has utterly silenced the once vital music station. (admittedly, the eighties were a long time ago.)

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MTV (Europe)
Recommendations for the scheduling and content of videos and programmes Dear all

In the light of the outbreak of war in Iraq in the last 12 hours, our recommendations for the scheduling and content of videos and programmes are as follows:

1. Video recommendations

Obviously, there will be heightened public sensitivity to representations of war, soldiers, bombing, destruction of buildings and public unrest at home. The ITC Programme Code requires us not to broadcast material which offends against good taste or is offensive to public feeling. We therefore recommend that videos featuring the following are not shown at the moment:

war
soldiers
war planes
bombs
missiles
riots and social unrest
executions
other obviously sensitive material

Examples include:
System of a Down "Boom!" - anti-war video containing facts and figures about, amongst other things, the projected casualties in the war in Iraq.
Aerosmith "Don't want to miss a thing" - contains footage from the film "Armageddon".
Manic Street Preachers "So Why So Sad" - contains footage of soldiers being killed and man throwing a hand grenade.
Passengers/U2 "Miss Sarajevo" - contains missiles, guns and buildings being blown up.
Bon Jovi "This ain't a love song" - contains war scenes and victims in distress.
Iggy Pop "Corruption" - contains wars, riots, guns and captions "we love guns" and "we love rifles".
Paul Hardcastle "19" - contains war footage.
Radiohead "Lucky" - contains war footage including injured children.
Billy Idol "Hot in the City" - contains an atomic explosion.
Armand van Helden "Koochy" - contains an atomic explosion and ships being blown up.
Trick Daddy "Thug Holiday" - contains soldiers being killed at war.

Furthermore, videos with words such as "bomb", "missile", "war" or other sensitive words in the artist or song title should not be shown at the moment.

Examples include:
Outkast "B.O.B (Bombs over Baghdad)" - song title may offend.
Radiohead "Invasion" - song title may offend.
Megadeth "Holy Wars" - song title may offend.
Gavin Friday "You, Me and World War Three" - song title may offend.
B-52s videos.

Also, please note that some evergreen tapes contain sensitive videos e.g. until recently, the MTV2 evergreen contained the Outkast "B.O.B. (Bombs over Baghdad)". We therefore recommend that music programmers ensure that inappropriate songs are removed from the evergreen tape for the duration the war.

Please note that this is not a definitive list of videos. Please use the ITC video restrictions database to check each song before broadcast. If you are aware of any other videos featuring the above images, titled with the above words or which may be unsuitable for broadcast in the light of the outbreak of war, we recommend that these are pulled from your schedules.

2. Programme recommendations

Under the ITC's rules, we have two main obligations regarding programmes:

(a) Not to broadcast material which offends against good taste or is offensive to public feeling.
For example, no programme should contain:
(i) images of war, bombs, missiles, etc that are likely to be seen as insensitive or offensive at this time (see above for further guidance).
(ii) jokes about the war, about bombing Iraqis, about the American, Iraqi or UK troops.
(iii) comments about the war that are likely to be seen as insensitive or offensive.

Furthermore, the content of each long-form show should be considered before scheduling. Scripts for presenters and news pieces must also be treated with great sensitivity.

(b) To ensure that our programmes treat the issue of war in Iraq with "due accuracy" and "due impartiality".
Therefore, we need to ensure that any programme which deals with issue of war in Iraq:
(i) deals fairly with each opposing view. It cannot be one-sided. Both sides of the argument need to be dealt with, and dealt with fairly.
(ii) does not give the view of MTV or the views of MTV presenters.
(iii) does not give facts, or opinions based on facts, that are incorrect e.g. an anti-war argument that states the war is bad because 50 million Iraqis will die (the official estimates are much lower than that), a pro-war argument that states Saddam Hussein should be toppled because he is going to invade Israel (there is no evidence of this). You need to ensure that any facts included in your programmes are accurate, and verified by an official source e.g. an Amnesty International report, a UN report, Reuters news service.

If you are unsure about the suitability of a video or programme, please call the Broadcast Standards Managers: Mark (x6195 (HC)) Dan (x7734 (HC)) or Aurea (x6197 (HC)).

Mark
Mark Sunderland
Broadcast Standards Manager
MTV Networks Europe



It's too bad, but it could be a breakthrough for a self-starting entrepreneur with some venture capital and bravery. That list of censored songs in the above memo could be the playlist for a really radical new music/radio station that would fill in the vacuum Empty Vee has created out of fear ignorance and deference to sponsorship.

I was watching the very first night MTV was on the air, back in the eighties. i saw that buggles video. Now it looks like censorship has utterly silenced the once vital music station. (admittedly, the eighties were a long time ago.) so it could be said any time is high time for some intelligent and savvy media professionals to fill in the gap that this memo apparently reveals.

Bob Dylan. Joan Baez. People need their heads examined. Once upon a time music was where people with real perspectives on what was going on spoke out. Now the derivative and shallow have takes center stage. (I still think nookie is a great song. fred gets too bad press whether on not he deserves it.) controversial artists who speak out on sex and politics deserve an platform, a venue. but sadly the acts that sell more beer get blasted through tinny speakers; and most people miss out on crucial and honest groups like Rage Against The Machine and my beloved Negativland.

as the state smashes itself slowly, as the roman empire of greed and corruption slide towards entropy will real artists sieze the evolutionary moment and fill in the spaces? time will tell. once upon a time an ethnic radical raged in fronto of a money lenders' place of business, and went on to surprise he detractors by cheating death and inspiring many hit singles.

musicians artists poets and performers are important and have a lot to offer. maybe the Eminems and Britney Spears' of the world can be inspired to create art of great conscience. a man can dream, anyway.


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http://www.internalmemos.com/memos/memodetails.php?memo_id=1424

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Thanks, Kurt Loder!

by bongo flowers Monday, Mar. 24, 2003 at 12:12 AM
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