The mice that roar.
"According to a new FCC estimate obtained by Mediaweek, nearly all indecency complaints in 2003—99.8 percent—were filed by the Parents Television Council, an activist group." We already know
what a few people can do to your television viewing... is this man
effectively in charge of the FCC's indecency monitoring?
posted by XQUZYPHYR
on Dec 7, 2004 -
The Chilling Effect.
Some ABC affiliates have opted not to broadcast a scheduled airing of Saving Private Ryan
, due to concerns over new FCC indecency regulations. They don't want to get fined. The FCC won't say in advance whether the film is indecent ("that would be censorship"). But don't worry, the Parents Televsion Council
says the "context" makes it OK. Which is fine, but who utlimately gets to judge the context?
posted by jpoulos
on Nov 11, 2004 -
Crap - now they FCC Thought Police are going after Pink Floyd. Is nothing sacred?!
WNCX, a local Cleveland "Classic rock" station (who just happens to be the same station that airs The Howard Stern Show in the area) is unable to play Pink Floyd's "Money" because of the use of the word "bullshit" within the song. To be honest, until this was brought to my attention, I had completely overlooked that lyric in the song. But thanks to the FCC War Against Indency, I'm now fully aware of it! What other cases of 'indecency' would you have overlooked had the authorities not brought it to your attention?
posted by tgrundke
on Mar 13, 2004 -
A New Milestone for Video Games?
"Three of the nation's top retailers, including Wal Mart, on Monday said they had refused to carry a new video game billed as the first major release to feature full-action nudity and with prostitutes and pimps as major characters." I enjoyed their "banned ads"
posted by owillis
on Oct 14, 2002 -
The Morality Police.
"Our hysterical attempts to shield kids from images of sex and violence are stunting young lives -- and trapping us all in a Big Lie." A well-argued piece, more of an op-ed than a straight-up book review. As a scientist I only quibble with the author's musing that "if there really were a cause-and-effect link between real violence and media violence, then it would have been proven by now."
posted by topolino
on Jun 11, 2001 -