Tuesday, December 21, 2010
After outrage from some Christian groups, the Fort Worth Transportation Authority has revised its policy on accepting advertisements on its buses. What caused the uproar? A series of atheist ads bought for the holiday season; the ads are part of a campaign that started in the UK in 2008. Gone from Fort Worth buses are all political ads, faith based ads, tobacco and alcohol ads (other than beer and wine) and sex ads, as well as hate speech and defamatory ads. See here for a press release describing the new policy.
Polk County, Florida, law enforcement officials have arrested the author of a self-help book for pedophiles. Phillip Greaves, the author of a book briefly sold via Amazon.com, was taken into custody after he sold a copy of the book to undercover detectives. More here in a CNN.com story.
Media regulator Ofcom has received thousands of complaints concerning performances by Christina Aguilera and Rihanna on the show The X Factor. ITV, the show's network also received numerous complaints. The Daily Mail published stills of the performances, and one critic called the celebs "sex-crazed nymphs before the watershed."
Monday, December 20, 2010
Carl Lundström, one of the Pirate Bay defendants, is appealing his sentence to Sweden's highest court, according to his attorney, Per E. Samuelsson. Mr. Lundström and his co-defendants Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, Peter Sunde and Fredrik Neij were convicted last year of assisting copyright infringement for running the Pirate Bay website, which allowed users to share files. An appellate court upheld their convictions.
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Jean Marsh, the co-creator and star of the seventies BBC hit, Upstairs, Downstairs, is suggesting that the new ITV series Downton Abbey, which is drawing eyeballs, certainly closely resembles her earlier series. "I think we were all surprised. The new Upstairs, Downstairs had been in the works for about three years. We were trying to sort out … 40 years of rights and then it also started – Downton Abbey – in the Edwardian era, which Upstairs, Downstairs did. So it might be a coincidence and I might be the queen of Belgium," Ms. Marsh said on an interview show. An updated version of Upstairs will begin airing on Boxing Day (December 26) on the BBC. More here from the Guardian. Both the original version of Upstairs, Downstairs and volume 1 of Downton Abbey are available on DVD.