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Hollywood’s pre Hays Code, pre MPAA rules for movies (and other adventures in social networking)

What my followers on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ saw today:

• Is this the best use of American tax dollars? Justice Department Wants $5 Million To Bolster Its Efforts As Hollywood’s Private Police Force

• Pre Hays Code (and pre MPAA), Hollywood set certain rules for what should not be depicted onscreen. One odd contradiction: prohibited were both “6. Miscegenation (sex relationships between the white and black races)” and “11. Willful offense to any nation, race or creed.” The Don’ts and Be Carefuls

• This horrendous ad could not have been made if not for the participation of an actress who cannot have been unaware of its offensiveness. Sure, actors gotta work, but at what price? Asian-American actress says role in Pete Hoekstra ad was ‘absolutely a mistake’

• Offers some intriguing defenses of ebooks that I haven’t seen before… E-books Can’t Burn by Tim Parks

• I had no idea there was an question about Charlie Chaplin’s origins… MI-5 files: Was Chaplin really a Frenchman and called Thornstein?

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