Poking around BYU NewsNet, I found this story about Clearplay, a company with a new approach to editing movies for "family values" viewers. It gets around the recent court decision that put Cleanflicks out of business because Clearplay simply does real-time filtering. It doesn't create and distribute an altered copy of the original copyrighted content, it essentially just mutes or suppresses objectionable material during playback. I'm sure Hollywood is relieved that the PG-8 quartile of the cultural distribution won't have to face the agonizing choice of either putting up with profanity-laced dialogue or doing without all those wonderful movies. Wouldn't it be a tragedy if people went back to reading books? And just when widescreen units are becoming truly affordable. Oh, the painful choices we in the 21st century must deal with on a daily basis. Clearplay to the rescue. But this is only the beginning.
Just think what else it could filter out. Newly assertive atheists could set a unit to filter out any mention of God or religion. Dedicated liberals could set it to filter out any real news (from any source) and rely 100% on comedy news like The Daily Show. Evangelicals could filter out any reference to Mormons. China could filter out ... well, everything. There are real possibilities here. If Clearplay is selling shares, consider buying some. [And no, I didn't get this tip in an email typed in all capitals telling me it is the investment opportunity of the year but it will only last 24 hours.]