one of the reasons my mom was happy when i worked at the LA Times was that
the busblog’s language mellowed out significantly because my boss there asked me to tone it down here.
the rule at the time was dont put anything on this blog that i wouldnt put on the work blogs
which included swear words.
my mom, and the paper, cringe at curse words.
which is one reason the Times hadn’t named the band, Pussy Riot, currently imprisoned in russia for “hooliganism”.
the paper instead simply called them “the russian punk band” or “the russian band with the profane name”.
but today right on the front page, there was this dramatic photo and in the cutline, there was the band name.
so i went to the website to see if it was changed in the In The News mini headers on the homepage
and nope, wasn’t changed. still says Russian Punk Band.
which doesn’t surprise me, since sometimes decisions for the print product arent always relayed to the web immediately.
but i clicked the link anyways and whattya know, the entertainment desk is using the band name… but not in the headline or sub heds
one of my favorite blogs at the Times is the Readers Rep.
i like it because the inner workings of the grand paper are often explained there.
now that the word is free, i really hope Deirdre writes about why the word was originally banned
and what happened that allowed the word to be printed.
im a weirdo, i’m fascinated by those decisions.
speaking of freedom. here is a slice from one of the members of Pussy Riot’s closing statements:
Despite the fact that we are physically here, we are freer than everyone sitting across from us on the side of the prosecution. We can say anything we want and we say everything we want. The prosecution can only say what they are permitted to by political censorship. They can’t say “punk prayer,” “Our Lady, Chase Putin Out,” they can’t utter a single line of our punk prayer that deals with the political system.
Perhaps they think that it would be good to put us in prison because we speak out against Putin and his regime. They don’t say so, because they aren’t allowed to. Their mouths are sewn shut. Unfortunately, they are only here as dummies. But I hope they realize this and ultimately pursue the path of freedom, truth, and sincerity, because this path is superior to the path of complete stagnation, false modesty, and hypocrisy.