Here is a fascinating debate on Crossfire from 22 years ago in which some tool (John Laughlin) from the Washington Post was repeatedly insulting Frank Zappa (you know he’s half Greek, right?) and arguing for censorship of freedom of speech.
What I find most interesting is that Frank remained very calm and collected despite the fact that he was being personally attacked. Meanwhile the other guys work themselves into a frenzy.
Now that we can look back two decades ago, before anyone ever dreamed of the Internet, this whole debate just seems absurd. Indeed, anything that anyone wants to say, sing, or do, can be freely accessed by anyone else. But it hasn’t changed the people we are. Parents still have to instill a sense of morality in their kids, and we each have to follow our own moral compass.
I just wish we could get all of those guys back up on TV for another go round on the same topic today. Oh, and I wish Zappa would have kicked Laughlin’s ass!