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Saturday, August 30, 2021

Is it slightly jarring to anyone else that the New York Times listing for the newly-released indie flick Young People Fucking spells out the complete title, sans the usual @#$%^ censoring?

Not that I’m offended, but I thought that the Times still copped to being a family newspaper. I am looking only at the online version; I presume the print edition is blanking out the “fucking” part. If so, it shows a clear division between online and offline editorial standards. Or, possibly, that the online listing is wholly feed-automated; no Times film critic reviewed this flick, which indicates the listing wasn’t editorially vetted.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 08/30/2008 11:19:07 AM
Category: Movies, Publishing
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  1. Funny, I thought the opposite: that the NY Times wouldn’t censor something in a title like that; or in a quote in an important story.

    Not a ton of fuckings, but not zero either.

    Comment by David — 08/31/2008 @ 09:53:29 AM

  2. Interesting: Those Google search results you link to show that the word “fucking” on NYT.com is almost exclusively confined to the Arts section, mainly Books and Film. And it looks like it’s strictly cases of being faithful to the original title, excerpt, etc. — in other words, it’s not reporters or other contributors dropping f-bombs.

    The unusual occurences: There’s a weird bit of code in print-optimized pages on NYT.com, which for no reason I can see, has the word “fucking” in the middle of it.

    Comment by CT — 08/31/2008 @ 06:50:23 PM

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