By Patrick Lozada
Hunan provincial television got a rare look into efforts to censor indecent materials in an expose on a local anti-pornography department. According to the report, four members of the department were tasked with watching around 700 pornographic DVDs within a week like some sort of weird Clockwork Orange parody.
Apparently officials were tasked with watching the videos to classify them as either “pornographic”, “obscene” and “others” to help the prosecution decide on what charges to press against a group arrested in a recent bust. After exhaustive research, Shanghaiist has come up with its own categories –“porno” or “not a porno” as well as a questionaire to help save these officials some time:
- 1. Are there breasts on the cover?
- 2. How many movies are there? A few or a bunch? Whatever you do, for God’s sakes don’t watch through them and count.
Think you’re up for this kind of grueling work? Not so fast. SCMP reports that “One has to be married and to have undergone training.” Still think you’re tough enough for the job? Cyber-security firm Anquan publicized a widely-lampooned posting for a Chief Pornographic Identification Officer to be paid 200,000 yuan per year. You have eyeballs — this could be you.