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RIP Jack Valenti
Jack Valenti was kind of a hero of mine. As the long-time head of the Motion Picture Association of America, he abolished the draconian and beyond-Victorian Hays Code and helped create the current ratings system (G, PG, PG-13 and so on). He decided that moviegoers could (gasp!) think for themselves, rather than have the industry crippled by a so-called "morality" code invented by a former postmaster, for crying out loud. (Kinda like having a horse breeder leading FEMA, huh?)

As he so plainly put it:

While I believe that every director, studio has the right to make the movies they want to make, everybody else has a right not to watch it.

How much more clearly--or simply--could that be said? You can thank Jack Valenti for effectively ending the cinematic censorship that strangled creativity and freedom of expression in Hollywood for over three decades.

I will miss Jack Valenti. He was a no-bullshit film industry leader and politician--one of the very few Texas politicians who I have even a shred of respect for (I hope he's sharing a beer with LBJ and Ann Richards right now).

Good on ya, Jack. Rest in peace.

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He was also the one who made the famous comments about how the Betamax would be the undoing of the motion picture industry, and then said the exact same things about the Internet. It seems like after he did the good work you mention, then he became an old fuddy-duddy afraid of change, and helped bring us the newly-draconian DMCA and other copyright measures.

Well, no one can be expected to be 100% right, 100% of the time.

I believe he shall be missed.
On an unrelated note, not everything draconian is wrong. :)

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