by: the Common Constitutionalist
Many adults go through a phase in their younger years where the use of foul language is cool. Up until about 15 or 20 years ago, maybe even more recently, foul language was called objectionable language.
Yet in keeping with the overall coarsening of our society, language standards seem to be going the way of the dodo. Nowadays, you’re considered a prude if you use words like “heck” and “darn.”
It’s now been several years since I too was a serial expletivatier. Yes, I know it’s not a real word. I haven’t missed the use of foul language. I guess maybe I’ve grown out of it.
So for as many years as I’ve cleaned up my own language, I’ve advocated for others to do so. Within that same time period, we’ve seen an explosion of electronic advancements.
For years I’ve wished that someone would, or could develop a filter of sorts for things like video games that my kids enjoy playing, that would clean up the abhorrent language.
Well, that hasn’t happened yet, but recently a company in Idaho has developed an app called “Clean Reader.”
This “censoring” app, as some have come to call it, is a free download for both Apple and android devices and it automatically scans the page and replaces foul language with less objectionable words.
The app can be set to one of three settings – clean, cleaner and squeaky clean. When it senses a swear word it automatically blanks out the word and replaces it with one that is “cleaner.”
Well, I think this is a great idea. It was developed by private citizens, Jared and Kristen Maughan and is completely optional. No one is forcing its download – no government is mandating its use, unlike the dopey “V” chip, that every television must have.
Sure, one does not have to activate the chip, but it is still just another government decree.
But as is the case with most conservative ideas, not everyone is thrilled with the completely voluntary and free app concept.
The UK Telegraph reports that Joanne Harris, author of the novel “Chocolat” and “The Gospel of Loki” said she found the “concept of Clean Reader infinitely more offensive than any of the words it blanks out.” She says that “authors choose their words carefully.”
Yes, I’m sure every “F” bomb in her masterpieces is essential and considered literary genius.
She added: “Well, we’ve been down this road before. We should know where it leads by now. It starts with blanking out a few words. It goes on to drape table legs and stick fig leaves onto statues. It progresses to denouncing gay or Jewish artists as “degenerate”. It ends with burning libraries and erasing whole civilizations from history.” You mean like an Islamic theocracy?
So let me see if I have this straight (pardon the pun). If we as parents, or just reasonably civilized adults choose to download a free app so that we don’t have to be subjected to that which we find objectionable, we are Nazis?
Other authors have chimed in with their own expletive laden objections to this innocuous app. One author argued that “The first act of a dictatorship is to censor books. The second is to ban them. The third is to burn them.” The fourth is Obamacare.
This is simply demonstrative of the free market. You see a need and you fill it. It’s not a regime mandate, like everyone has to buy health insurance. That would be ridiculous.
Evidently these literary giants don’t know what the verb censor means or how this app works. In this context, the word censor means to “delete a word or passage,” which this app does not do. If you turn the app off the original text reappears.
These whining authors simply sound like every other liberal who seem hell-bent (see what I did there) on coarsening and degrading our society and it is they who wish to “censor” anything they don’t like.