The Right Coast

February 08, 2004
Tivo-ing Janet Jackson
By Michael Rappaport

Eugene Volokh reports that Tivo "said the exposure of Jackson's breast during her halftime performance was the most-watched moment to date on its device."

I have a DVR, which is similar to a Tivo but provided by my cable company. I had taped the entire Superbowl, having watched the first and fourth quarters live. I had not even heard of the incident until the next day, and so went back to the tape to see what all the fuss was about.

But I didn't do it out of prurient interest. There was a great deal of controversy about the incident and public policy issues were significant. Really. (And, of course, I would read the articles in Playboy, except I don't get the magazine.)