The Soul of the Censor: The FCC Attacks Television Violence
Laurence H. Winer
Arizona State University (ASU) - Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
Media Institute Perspectives: First Amendment Analyses of Communication Policy Issues, No. 2, 2004
The Federal Communications Commission proceeds to further erode broadcasters’ and our, First Amendment Freedoms. Not content with their newly invigorated inquisition against sexuality - dubbed 'indecency' - on the air, and likely emboldened by the disturbingly tepid protest this crusade has thus far provoked, the commissioners now have launched a campaign against televised violence. To the always unpalatable legend 'Edited for Television' we now truly can add, 'By Your Friends at the FCC.' When the V-chip and its accompanying ratings system were imposed on broadcasters just a few years ago, some in the industry took the approach all too common among business supplicants at the mercy of government regulators: 'It’s not so bad, and anyway we have to go along to get along. Accepting this level of regulation will stave off even more drastic controls.' Some were mollified by a loose promise of a limited congressional moratorium on further action. But the Censor’s raison d’etre is to censor; the Censor cannot be so easily appeased.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 6
Keywords: First Amendment, censorship, television
Date posted: September 8, 2009
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