So ... on October 20 UNESCO (the UN Educational, Social and Cultural Organization) set a treaty to protect "cultural diversity". What???
On a vote of 148 to 2 (with 4 abstentions) UNESCO passed this treaty which allows countries to slow the traffic of American "culture" through their countries by imposing tariffs and import quotas on it even though they don't impose it on those same non-goods produced in their own countries. Excuse me, but when was "culture" an importable "good"??? The only kind of importable culture I know of is found in yogurt!
Are the Hollywood talking heads that shriek about censorship of their perceived "craft"(which includes outright pornography, and in Oregon live-sex-acts-for-cash) outraged at this form of censorship? Well, in a word ... no. If it had to do with them not getting royalties (a.k.a. their cut) of the proceeds from sales of bootleg DVDs and music CDs, they would be screaming about intellectual property rights, but since it's not, they don't care.
As Brent Bozell of the Media Research Center said:
It certainly is embarrassing traveling to a foreign country and watching American re-runs pouring out of their TV sets. Hollywood produces America's most powerful cultural export, and much of it is garbage. But for a country like France to object is an exercise in sheer hypocrisy. Turn on French TV at night and you get completely uncensored pornography.
This international movement for cultural "diversity" is not opposed to American media violence and vulgarity, per se -- just to America's dominant influence and commercialism in general.
So where's the outrage? The silence from the pundits and philosophers, so quick to defend on purely economic grounds ("The market wants it!") the filth on American TV, has demonstrated that national outrage over Hollywood "censorship" is conditional. It depends on who is advocating some limits. If it's foreigners inveighing against American capitalist excess, there's no controversy. If it's Americans standing up for traditional values, it's World War III. It's a fascinating double standard.