In a world seemingly obsessed with celebrities and celebrity "culture", avoiding mention of them on the Internet seems almost an impossibility. In a stunning display of rage-induced creativity, web designer Greg Leuch of the Free Art and Technology collective has created a browser tool that actively blocks all mention of newest teen scourge, Justin Bieber. From text to photos, all things Bieber are blocked out, theoretically resulting in a more streamlined, teen-idol-free surfing experience.
The tool, oh-so-cleverly called "Shaved Bieber", can be bookmarked in a typical Internet browser for use or downloaded as an add-on for Firefox. When activated, it simply blacks out any mention of the man-child's name, as well as covering up any photos of the bowl-haircutted whelping.
Although the tool removes any pictures or mentions of the teen idol, all of the words around the unspeakable name are still intact, giving a reader the gist of the article should they choose to peruse it. The tool serves a greater function as a warning device to avoid any accidental acquisition of information regarding He Who Cannot Be Named, rather than a total blackout.
Shaved Bieber: Let the blackening begin.
In effect – see the black bar, move on.
The tool is far more interesting for its potential future applications for removing or censoring specific web content than its current use. While government or private regulation of the Internet is strenuously objected to, users should in theory have the right to control their own viewing experience as they see fit, and applications such as this one may aid in that endeavor.
So though Bieber may be the current target of the serious Internet surfer's ire, his charming boyish looks and soprano pipes will so go the way of dropped testes and a new, younger crop of "celebrities" will move on in. If all else fails, gouging ones eyes out is always an option.
Source: Daily Telegraph