Monday, 26 April 2010
Via the Angryteen I found this blog-rating thing. Apparently there are moves afoot to restrict internet access by giving film-style ratings to websites. There are, as Angryteen points out, rather a lot of websites. There are old ones dropping off the net and new ones appearing every minute.
Monitoring them is an impossible task. I currently run four and am involved in others and used to own such delights as 'Doctor Smellie's Faecal Fun Page' which is now defunct and long gone, so don't bother looking. There weren't enough poo jokes to keep it going. Websites come and go, and blanket ratings for 'blogspot' etc won't work because if you're bored and browse through the blogs, you'll find holiday photos from one blogger while another has posted... well, let's just say 'yeuk' and keep our dinner down.
Apparently my rating of 'R' comes about thus:
This rating was determined based on the presence of the following words:
I know I don't swear much here but I'm sure I've said 'fuck' more than once. Whoops, that's another one. Better watch it or I'll be getting XXX next time.
But... 'hurt', 'death', 'corpse'? That's going to make teen goth websites inaccessible to teen goths. Since nobody else goes there, they won't be online very long. 'Hurt' is going to send the NHS offline, along with poor old John Hurt and any film review mentioning him. 'Corpse' is going to shut down Jolly Jimbo's Funeral Service With A Smile and all other funeral directors. Even the ones who don't supply dayglo coffins and dancing girls. Plus all those references to actors laughing mid-scene.
Restricting those words is going to shut out all reference to the Labour election campaign too.
Perhaps that's the idea.
Posted by Leg-iron at 00:57