Monday, December 19, 2005

He Is the Central Scrutinizer

I suppose this isn't actually a huge surprise, but the president of Iran has banned Western music in the country. How might this affect the Iranian media?

Songs such as George Michael's 'Careless Whisper,' Eric Clapton's 'Rush' and the Eagles' 'Hotel California' have regularly accompanied Iranian broadcasts, as do tunes by saxophonist Kenny G.
Interesting choices. It is, of course, a huge violation of human rights to suppress speech that happens to be music, even if it's Kenny G. After all, wasn't it Voltaire who said, "I may not agree with your enthusiasm for awful white-bread elevator music Jazzac, but I will fight to the death for your right to listen to it."

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