Abstract

http://ssrn.com/abstract=2223992
 
 

Footnotes (102)



 


 



Institutionalized Word Taboo: The Continuing Saga of FCC Indecency Regulation


Christopher M. Fairman


Ohio State University (OSU) - Michael E. Moritz College of Law

February 25, 2013

Ohio State Public Law Working Paper No. 193

Abstract:     
Indecency regulation by the Federal Communications Commission and Supreme Court is the product of word taboo — the subconscious, emotional, involuntary avoidance of certain words out of fear that some harm will occur if they are spoken. Acting in tandem, the Court and the Commissioners create institutionalized word taboo based upon the assumption that broadcast media’s pervasive and intrusive presence into the home endangers unsupervised children. Technological innovation renders this premise invalid today, but institutionalized word taboo remains. This article (1) traces the rise of indecency regulation, (2) explains the invalidity of the assumptions used to justify it, (3) introduces word taboo as an explanation for the resilience of regulation, and (4) offers preferable options providing a path for science and reason to triumph over institutionalized word taboo.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 98

Keywords: First Amendment, FCC, indecency, profanity, free speech, Federal Communications Commission, broadcasting, censorship, Media Regulation, TV content, PTC, Pacifica, Cohen, Fox Television, fleeting expletives, parental controls

JEL Classification: K00, K10, K2, K20, K23, L22

working papers series


Download This Paper

Date posted: February 27, 2013  

Suggested Citation

Fairman, Christopher M., Institutionalized Word Taboo: The Continuing Saga of FCC Indecency Regulation (February 25, 2013). Ohio State Public Law Working Paper No. 193. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2223992 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2223992

Contact Information

Christopher M. Fairman (Contact Author)
Ohio State University (OSU) - Michael E. Moritz College of Law ( email )
55 West 12th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210
United States
614-292-2422 (Phone)
614-292-2035 (Fax)
Feedback to SSRN


Paper statistics
Abstract Views: 295
Downloads: 26
Footnotes:  102

© 2014 Social Science Electronic Publishing, Inc. All Rights Reserved.  FAQ   Terms of Use   Privacy Policy   Copyright   Contact Us
This page was processed by apollo2 in 1.109 seconds