Tuesday, 6 October 2009

See Saw

Well, ain't that nice, a severed hand. Just what I want to see when I open yahoomail. When I was in Dunfermline I noticed the buses had this poster on their sides.

I'm totally opposed to film censorship except in extreme circumstances. Adults have a right to choose what to watch. Yet putting up posters like this is a sign of how selfish consumerism is. At risk of sounding like Maude Flanders, won't somebody think of the children? Or am I just a young fogey for thinking that children should be protected from such images even if it means clogging the wheels of commerce?

Whilst I have recently written about how the left have focussed on self-righteous extreme social liberalism instead of making a comprehensive argument for social democracy, I do wonder why conservatives seem to adore the free market even when its consumerism brutalises society? Surely the Middle Englanders can see that the free market had done more harm to their values than any socialist policy?

I hope through this I do not sound self-righteous, I do not regard myself as better than these poster-makers, in fact I am probably a lot worse. Yet I do find it curious that many people think our values should be spread abroad.


  1. 1. Switch to Gmail, it's much better. (It's not a problem to have mail from your old email addresses all automatically forwarded to Gmail).

    2. Maybe that makes me a bit of a freak, but I like the Saw movies. Jigsaw is a fascinating character.

  2. Thanks for your comment Anatoly. I myself have watched and enjoyed many violent films. An Armenian painter, whose name I forget, once said that 'everything has to culminate in red' and subsequently a bloody ending is often the best.

    Still, my point was about the promotion of this film. I think these posters could scare children so should be banned. But I oppose restrictions of what people should be allowed to see in cinemas.

    Saw is one of three films I've found too disturbing to watch. It: mediocre acting and direction, but when the clown opens his mouth to reveal fangs I felt like something I'd already known had been proven. Threads: I wanted to watch this given that it was intelligent, sincere and free. But I just couldn't. The claustrophobia, realism and doom were too much.

    As for Saw, to me it just seemed plain disturbing. Still, each to their own.

    As for Gmail, I do have an address but think I'd get nostalic for yahoo ;-)

  3. Yes, gore is ok in the cinema where people choose to see it but putting it on buses is out of order.

  4. @Ck
    Agreed. I thought that Fr Ted episode was spot on when the priests go to picket a stupid, pompous film that's ignored elsewhere, but it becomes a hit on Craggy Island. That film Anti-Christ sounded like a load of adolescent, pseudo-profound twaddle that would have been forgotten if puritanical moralisers hadn't given it free publicity by debating what adults should be allowed to see. The Seventh Seal managed to be an entertaining and interesting look at good and evil without Max Von Sydow being hit in the knackers with a baseball bat. That Anti-Christ needed to be excessively violent was probably a sign they had nothing interesting to say.

    Though having said that, at least Anti-Christ didn't show genital mutilation on the side of a bus.

  5. There is bodies exhibition in London now so I get to watch somebody's lungs and guts every morning on the tube.

  6. 'There is bodies exhibition in London now so I get to watch somebody's lungs and guts every morning on the tube.'

    Nice. By contrast, the BBC is planning to ban swearing after the watershed:


    So that's modern Britain? Sawn up bodies can be shown in public, but naughty words are completely unnaceptable even when kids will be in bed (and shouldn't be watching TV anyway).

    What is oddest in a sense is that Britain is a deeply secular country, but being irreligious has never stopped anyone from thinking they know what's best for people.

  7. Well they just have to find a substitute for religion I guess. Humans just can't do without it despite militant Atheist arguments.