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PCR #205  (Vol. 5, No. 9)  This edition is for the week of February 23--29, 2004.

Florida Indies Film Review: "Not Another Student Film" 2003, A Full Sail Production.
 by William Moriaty
"The Passion of the Christ"
 by Mike Smith
"The Passion of the Christ"  by Nolan B. Canova
Filmmaker Close-up: Katherine Leis
 by Andy Lalino
30 Bands That Made The '80s NOT Suck, Part 3
 by Terence Nuzum
Neon Genesis Evangelion
 by Dylan Jones
Political Correctness in the Modern World
 by Nick King
Baseball Is Dead To Me....Cutting Kurt Cobain A Break .... FCC Squeezes Out The Sponge .... Slushpile....Things I Didn't Know But Probably I Should Have
 by Brandon Jones
Oscar Time....B.I.T.....Are You Kidding Me?...Movie News....Meet The Beatles, Part 6
 by Mike Smith
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Nicholas Rex

Gentle readers: while introducing the erudite Mr. Nick in issue #203, I neglected to mention one of the most interesting facets of his relationship to this 'zine. His grandfather, Bill King, was the art teacher at Robinson High School during the years William Moriaty and I were in attendance. We were in his classes for two years during the early '70s. ---Nolan

P.C. In The Modern World

I do apologize about not chiming in last week but I unfortunately have been working a great deal. This week Iíve decided to shift and do a complete 180 from my last column. Bear in mind that this is my opinion. You donít have to agree with it. In fact, I encourage you not to agree with it. Freedom to think for oneís self is the most important part of the human experience.

Now that the disclaimer is out of the way, Iím going to have to say this. Iím probably going to offend some people. I wonít apologize for offending you.

Itís not my responsibility to control how you react to my words. It is my responsibility to be true to my beliefs and myself. If you donít like that, then this is obviously not the column to read. I just want you to know that I am not intentionally trying to piss people off.

To be politically correct in this modern world is no longer suggested, itís mandatory. There are too many groups that tell you you canít say this or you canít say that. To be completely honest, this pisses me off to no end. People have begun to police language because that is how we think, in language. Itís nothing more than a form of thought control that the organizations of this world have put into place to give themselves greater importance. Now I do believe in some things being changed. Humanity sounds better than mankind. Chairman should be Chairperson. Spokesman should be Spokesperson. But these words only have as much weight and significance as you put into them.

For at least three decades now, the N-word has been the one thing a white person can never say to a black person. But they can say anything they want and weíre supposed to say, ďYes thatís what we are.Ē There is only significance in this word as there is in any of the other racial slurs that people use. Call me a cracker or a mick, itís fine. Those words mean absolutely nothing to me. Because I learned long ago that words donít mean anything except what the person saying them puts into them and what the person hearing them perceives.

This has proven to be a divisive topic of discussion for years because being P.C. means being censored. No one likes being censored. No one likes being told you canít say this or you canít think like that. Feminism has made this country better and at the same time worse. Nothing is more disturbing or more worthy of condemnation than for being a man in the U.S.A. Feelings have become more important than honesty. Masculinity has been replaced by sharing oneís feelings. Anything a woman says is considered right while anything a man says is considered offensive.

Look at television. TV families (in the traditional sense) are comprised of an ethereal wife who knows everything and the dumb schmuck who was lucky enough to find her. This is not right. Yet this is the world we live in. This is the world of Political Correctness. This is the world of Censorship.

Nicholas King

"Nicholas Rex: On Gaming, Vampires, and Otherwise" is ©2004 by Nicholas King.   All graphics, unless otherwise noted, are creations of Nolan B. Canova.  All contents of Nolan's Pop Culture Review are ©2004 by Nolan B. Canova.