Thursday, February 17, 2005

censorship in japan

In Chris Marker's brilliant poetic film Sans Soleil, he makes the following claim while talking about censorship in Japan (specifically black bars and fuzzed out bits on TV).
"It points to the absolute by obscurring it. . . That's what religions have always done."
And it got me to thinking... Is that bad...? "pointing to the absolute by obscurring it..." maybe that's all we can ever really do... admit that we cannot know and cannot absolutely resemble -- or is that terrible? Shouldn't we be making straight the way, clearing the path, not doing what 'religions' have done in obscurring the truth? But if obscurring illuminates?. . .

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