I know that some people have a big problem with them. And I can understand that. But the thing I have zero understanding for the need some people have to get rid of everything in this world that they don’t like.
I don’t like Android phones, or Windows computers; but I would never dream about trying to sensor or to get rid of the damn things.
I try to keep my writing, and speaking as close to each other as possible. What I mean by this is that I try to let my writing to make me a better speaker, and to let my speaking turn me into a better writer. The most important part of this for me is to always write what ever I would have said in real life.
I would call George Bush “a fucking asshole” both in real world, no matter whom I am talking to. And I should also do the same when I write.
Let’s move on to the real problem with “bleeping” or censoring the few words that most people consider “bad”. There are not much about the words themselves that are bad. It is just that we consider them bad. English swear words are usually about sex, and bodies. While for example my native language of Norwegian have similar words, but they are usually about hell or satan.
One argument I often hear regarding swear words is that parents don’t want their children to be exposed to them. Fair enough. And I understand the thinking behind this. But I don’t buy it.
First of all. All children will learn every swear word available as soon as they start in kindergarden, pre-school or school. Trust me. They will learn every single one. And that is just because we look at “fuck” as a bad word, and not because of the word “fuck” itself.
Why can’t parents take a similar approach to swear words, as good parents take to talking about children about sex?
And then we have the bleeping. Some idea that had to come from American conservatives. Anyway. It don’t work. Never have. Never will be.
First of all, the thing you are doing when bleeping something out is that you are highlighting the fact that some person said something bad, for everyone listening. While I would guess that most people would not notice if you didn’t do that. And the other problem is that most people always go for the worst word they can think of in that context, when something is bleeped out.
Should oversensitive americans dictate what kind of words the rest of the world is allowed to hear on TV, Radio and in podcasts?