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At the risk of sounding like a broken record from the last blog, I find myself needing to address the issue of “edited,” “cleaned,” or “sanitized” videos because the Washington Post discussed it and on his show Michael Medved debated it (not a link to actual Medved commentary).

Here in
Utah, this is a big thing. I guess that here in
Utah we are so starved for entertainment that we have to turn to movies that generally violate our personal standards. But in an effort to maintain our standards we have our videos edited for us.

I am glad that we have a desire to keep our homes free from the filth that is commonly found in such movies. However, I think that this misses the larger picture. We are still sending the wrong message to
Hollywood.

And despite the fact that most of the debate about this editing practices is regarding whether it is legal, moral, or appropriate, I really don’t have an issue with it. What these entrepreneurs are doing is completely legal, moral, and okay. I am not sure, but I think that it has even been fought in a court case, and the “sanitizers” won.

My big complaint about this practice of editing is that it reduces the effectiveness our purchase power. As I mentioned in my last blog, the makers of such trash, don’t often know that their content was edited. All they know is that they sold 22 million videos. They have no idea that some, most, or all of them might have been edited.

So, they see that the filthy, disgusting, inappropriate, racy, and salacious video they sold made them millions. So, they think that they should make more of such filth. They either produce a sequel to the original or they produce another movie that contains as much filth (if not more) for the next year.

This doesn’t take into account that by spending money on these edited videos, we are spending less on producers who create family friendly films (i.e., Feature Films for Families).

If we want cleaner, family-friendly entertainment, purchasing edited filth, will not send the message to producers that they should clean up their act. So, the simple answer the the title question is, NOT TO BUY (nor rent).

Update (19 Apr 2005):

It looks like the practice of editing videos will become officially legal. Again, I support this bill and the move to help people filter out inappropriate content from their videos. I just don’t think that we should support video makers who publish such content by buying such videos (edited or not).

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