16 October 2004
A question for the ages
Well, not all ages, obviously:
Within 10 years there will probably be software that can merge photos and voices with movies. The most common use of this would probably be for [word excised from original to thwart Googlers, but it rhymes with "corn"]. Consumers would use the program to merge photos of celebrities or acquaintances with a [same word, used as an adjective] movie to create [same word, a noun this time] that stars whoever it is they lust after. Naturally, many people would be unhappy knowing they are depicted in home sex movies. Imagine that Congress decides to prohibit the distribution of the software. Do you think the law should be upheld, and if so, on what grounds?
An idea by Eugene Volokh, from the draft of a textbook on the First Amendment, as quoted (except as noted) in the Marginalia section of Playboy (November 2004).
(For myself, I think the most immediate effect of the development of this theoretical software is that bloggers of the female persuasion would quit posting pictures of themselves. Damn the bad luck.)Posted at 2:24 PM to Almost Yogurt