Re: [rumori] Ugly Choices

From: Steev Hise (
Date: Wed Aug 14 2002 - 08:17:32 PDT

on Tue, 13 Aug 2002 Paul Smith told me:

>As reported on ABC news on the 12th [still in archive
>on] the people at Trilogy Studios are
>digitally altering movies on DVD in order to censor

This reminds me of a great science fiction novel by Connie
Willis, called "Remake". It takes place in a near-future milieu
where almost no movies are made with real actors anymore but with
digital simulations of old actors synthesized from old films.

The main character is hired by a powerful religious organization
to edit out all instances of cigarette, alcohol, or drug use in
all past films. There's amusing passages like when he's trying
to figure out what Humphrey Bogart could be holding in his hand
in place of a whiskey tumbler. Eventually his conscience gets
the better of him and he undoes all his edits...

The other feature of the book that's interesting is that all
films are delivered to consumers (and re-editors) via a global,
digital copy-protected network. If a certain movie is involved in
copyright litigation, no one in the entire world can watch it,
they just get a message on their screen announcing the dispute.


Steev Hise, Nervert
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*At least just for the month of August:
 don't drive, bike:
"Even though it's true, they shouldn't believe it, because when I
 wrote it, I thought it was a lie."
                -Kenneth J. Schmidt

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