On another note... (12 Nov 2004)

US version of free speech; Fearful TV fails Private Ryan.

So now one cannot show Saving Private Ryan on US TV because of fear of the FCC? A film which won five Oscars and one which my GCSE history teacher made sure that we saw the first ten minutes of because he thought that it was such a great depiction of WWII.

Stations are free to broadcast what they choose and guess what? If you don't want to watch it you don't have to. You could get a book (I recommend The Confusion, which is much better than the first one). But your government is now dictating what you can watch with vague threats:

After the FCC refused to guarantee stations they could broadcast the film without fear of repercussion, network executives said they were taking no chances.

"We're just coming off an election where moral issues were cited as a reason by people voting one way or another and, in my opinion, the commissioners are fearful of the new congress," he said.

I can understand why the covers of books for UK and US versions differ. You have to mess up the spelling for the US version at least. But why does the US get such poor cover art?

Terry Pratchett covers are famous here (UK). But the US version is just poor.

Again, the US version of The Confusion is trash compared to the UK one. Though the US version does have miscut pages to make the book seem old - that's kind of neat.