It’s the Fourth of July, time to celebrate our Independence with burgers and tasty beverages. In case you missed it, I wrote an article for Prosper’s Blog about frugal Fourth of July activities.
I was listening to the radio yesterday and the 3 Days Grace song Never Too Late came on. It’s a pretty popular song. I was singing along when suddenly I realized I was signing the wrong lyrics. The radio had changed the song and censored out “end your life” with “change your life.” (It’s a pretty bad voice-over.) It got me thinking, since when did “end your life” become a phrase that you can’t say on the radio? What’s next? Do we rewrite Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet so that they change their life at the end?
This reminds me a little of Semi-Charmed Kind of Life from Third Eye Blind. Apparently you can’t say “crystal meth” on the radio either. I like to think this is a family website and keep an eye on my language. Still, I can’t imagine censoring topics like drug use and suicide… it would feel to me like we are pretending that they don’t exist.