Sometimes we take our Constitution for granted in the US. It’s hard for us to even imagine a society that does not provide a right to free speech or the right to practice the religion of our choice. (Or to not practice a religion, in some cases.)
Case in point: China’s General Bureau of Radio, Film and Television is banning time travel movies and shows. Specifically, situations where people travel back into time.
Why? Well, the Bureau feels that these shows disrespect history. And even worse, “many” of the “stories are totally made-up.” (God, the horror! Is there anything more insidious than historical fiction?)
Also in the same blog post we learn the same Bureau is banning any filmed remakes of the Four Great Classical Novels of China. The problem with these modern remakes is that they’re rushed “with lots of changes of the original stories.”
In our country, someone can add vampires to Lincoln’s story and those who like it can enjoy it, while those who feel disrespected are free to feel so.
Well, unless there are copyrights to protect. Then it’s perfectly legal to ban books.
Update – April 7, 2011
Mike over at Techdirt.com has written this up also.