Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Play Mats (Part 1 of 2)

A few months ago during a Grand Prix event, news had spread that a play mat which to be distributed was going to be removed due to the image depicted was deemed offensive.

Obviously, this brings some attention.  Many are curious.  It is human nature to be curious.  Cries of censorship were made, although that is a weak argument.  Wikipedia offers this as a definition: 

Censorship is the suppression of speech or other public communication which may be considered objectionable, harmful, sensitive, or inconvenient as determined by a government, media outlet, or other controlling body.

The removal of this play mat was not done by a government agency or even a government individual, but rather a private business and a private business is more or less free to do whatever it chooses to do.  Naturally, the business in question would have to live with the consequences of their action, but this is not censorship in the strictest sense.

By now, you’re probably curious as to what the image in question is…  I’ll have more commentary next time.

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