How Reader's Digest Became a Chinese Stooge
Larkin was delighted when Reader's Digest said it would take her work for one of its anthologies of condensed novels. Thirst would reach a global audience and – who knows? – take off. Reader's Digest promised "to ensure that neither the purpose nor the opinion of the author is distorted or misrepresented", and all seemed well. [more inside]
The upcoming game Saints Row 4
, an over-the-top open world action game that features weapons like a Dubstep Gun
, has been refused classification (banned) in Australia
. The new R18 classification for games
was supposed to make this less common, but Saints Row 4's (trigger warning) 'alien anal probe' weapon
and 'alien narcotics' have caused it to fall afoul of the new guidlines. Developer Deep Silver said they'll resubmit Saint's Row 4 to the reclassification board
, while The Guardian sees this as evidence of Australia's conservative culture
. Saints Row previously.
Mortal Kombat has been banned in Australia.
In the highest profile censorship incident since last year's butchering of Left 4 Dead 2
, the new Mortal Kombat game has been "refused classification by the Australian Classification Board and will not release in Australia". This should galvanize efforts to implement an R18 rating for Australian games
, though so far progress has been slow.
has been discussed before
here in the blue, but last week the Australian Classification Review Board
determined that the DVD release can be classified R18+ (available, but with sale restricted to adults), if it includes 3 hours of additional material proposed by the potential distributor, Shock
. In the decision, the Board notes that the additional material "facilitates wider consideration of the context of the film."
While this decision is a win for anti-censorship campaigners and film buffs, it may not be the final chapter. The film has had a checkered history
The Board's media release is here
Internet nasties affecting network freshness? Try Censordyne! [more inside]
But what about the children!
An internet censorship bill before the South Australian Parliament gives police ridiculously broad powers in going after material "unsuitable for children".