Censorship and Free Speech and Neutrality

Thanks to Michael Geist for this one….

Pearl Jam is reporting that AT&T has censored parts of their recent webcast, cutting out references to George Bush. AT&T has since apologized, but it makes you wonder, if it hadn’t been caught, would AT&T have done anything?  Would anyone have been the wiser?

I just watched The Dixie Chicks: Shut Up and Sing. Completely taken aback at the insanity that permeates the southern US. It’s an outstanding moving/documentary.  Definately worth the watch, even if you aren’t a big country listener.  It’s got some significant scenes that document the political fervor in the US during the 1st Bush Administration.

The lyrics that Pearl Jam had censored:

- “George Bush, leave this world alone.” (the second time it was sung); and- “George Bush find yourself another home.”
What The Dixie Chicks said: We are embarrassed that George Bush is from Texas.

In Pearl Jam’s case - it was the fans who brought the censorship to their attention. With the Dixie Chicks, it was the fans who put the pressure on radio stations to stop playing their lyrics.  It was the fans who went rabid overnight over their beloved Texan president.

Funny what can change over a few years, eh?