In 1992 the NBC series Seinfeld aired an episode titled “The Contest,” which dealt with masturbation. Despite the theme, through intelligent and creative writing that adults could understand (but children could not) the word was never used, and the behavior was never depicted.
My, how times have changed.Read more →
Last October, Nick Jr. – a pay-TV network which billed itself as a “safe, educational place” for kids ages 2-6 – introduced its NickMom programming block, featuring references to genitalia, sex, drinking, and other inappropriate content. A year later, Nick Jr. is reaping what it sowed: plummeting viewership — and revenue.Read more →
Amid the controversy surrounding the recent “school shooting” episode on FX’s Sons of Anarchy, some in the press have claimed that Senator John McCain thinks content concerns are invalid. But such claims are wrong.
At the end of last week, Kurt Sutter, the creator of Sons of Anarchy, took to YouTube to express...Read more →
Fox’s profane and graphically violent sex-and-drug cartoon block ADHD appears to be losing its focus – and presumably, its sponsors and viewers.Read more →
Last week a blog post by Rebeca Seitz caught fire online. If I had to guess why this particular blog post took off the way it did, I’d say it was because she described a scenario that is all too familiar to parents these days.
In it she relayed her shock and horror...Read more →
Recently, the Writers Guild of America (West) filed their “reply comments” on the Federal Communications Commission’s proposed change in enforcement of laws against broadcast decency. In their comments, the Guild launched a vitriolic attack on broadcast decency, the PTC – and the American people.Read more →
Rape. Cannibalism. Necrophilia. Decapitation. Vomit. Excrement. This is the content Fox is proudly promoting in its new ADHD programming block – using characters and theme songs beloved by children. ADHD begins airing in its regular timeslot this Saturday, July 27th at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT (10:00 p.m. Central/Mountain).Read more →
Last month, over 100,000 Americans filed public comments with the Federal Communications Commission, asking the FCC enforce broadcast decency laws. This month, the entertainment industry filed its comments – and arrogantly demanded the “right” to flood American homes with indecent content. Read more →
Every year, producers and companies responsible for TV programs run ads in the Hollywood trade press, urging members of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences to give their programs an Emmy award. But one producer’s desperate ads have celebrated not only his shows, but bad taste: Seth MacFarlane.Read more →
Modeled on (and from the creator of) Cartoon Network’s “Adult Swim” programming block, Fox ADHD is a horrifically graphic, ultra-violent, sexually explicit, and profanity-laden group of short programs Fox is bringing to broadcast TV – in a special airing at 8:30 Central time this Sunday night. Read more →
For a decade, producer Chuck Lorre’s sleazy CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men has dumped graphic sexual dialogue onto the publicly-owned airwaves. But this fall, the “Half Man” of the show’s title will be replaced – with a young woman.Read more →
In order to undermine laws against indecency on the public airwaves, broadcast network executives love to claim that broadcast TV is no longer as “uniquely pervasive” as it once was. But such statements fail to reflect the growing numbers of people who ONLY watch over-the-air TV.Read more →
As can be seen by their actions last week in demanding that the Federal Communications Commission completely abandon enforcing broadcast decency laws, the broadcast networks are in panic mode. There are two reasons for this. Read more →
In their effort to push the Federal Communications Commission into abandoning enforcement of broadcast decency laws, the broadcast networks must have had their spin-doctors working overtime on their public statements. Here’s a roundup of the various questionable claims the networks – who are using the people’s airwaves free of charge – told the government.Read more →
Since the “trust-busting” era of Teddy Roosevelt, one of the federal government’s responsibilities has been to ensure that private industry does not trample the rights of American citizens. But last week, the broadcast television networks told the government, “Ignore the American people. Let us do anything we want!”Read more →
In the television interview linked below, DePauw University Professor of Communications Jeffrey McCall and reporter Mike Ahern offer a short but thorough overview of the history of FCC indecency regulation, explaining the issues clearly and concisely.
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When lawyers for the entertainment industry were arguing in court for the complete dismantling of the Federal Communications Commission’s authority to enforce broadcast decency laws, they insisted that just because they could get away with more sex, more nudity, and more profanity...Read more →
The FX cable and satellite network is home to some of the most graphic and grotesque programming on basic pay TV. And now, FX’s extreme content is going to be pumped across the public airwaves by Fox.Read more →
Under its former executive vice-president David Janollari, MTV moved into ever-more sexually explicit programming – programming the producer apparently thought was perfect for teens. And now, Janollari will be bringing the same sensibility to the NBC broadcast network.Read more →
Americans tend to think of the British as genteel and proper; but TV networks in the UK are just as dedicated to pushing questionable content on families as American ones…as viewers of that country’s Britain’s Got Talent learned recently.Read more →
Last month, the FCC asked for public comments on its new policy of taking action only against “egregious” violations of broadcast decency law. The deadline was May 20th. Though nearly 100,000 Americans filed comments demanding the agency enforce current standards, the FCC has extended the deadline – because the entertainment industry told them to. Read more →
With only 10 days left for the public to comment on the FCC’s plan to limit enforcement of broadcast decency only to cases the FCC thinks are “egregious,” the PTC is urging the public to spread the word via Twitter.
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The outgoing chairman of the FCC wants to change the rules on what kind of content can be subject to enforcement action by the commission.
Under current standards, any content that fits the legal definition of “indecent,” i.e. “language or material that, in context, depicts or describes, in terms patently offensive...Read more →
With TV networks constantly pumping ever-more explicit violence, nudity, and graphic sex over the publicly-owned airwaves, it is nice to find one TV station that still understands the concept of operating “in the public interest.”Read more →
On Wednesday, President Obama nominated Thomas Wheeler as the new chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, stating, “Tom knows this stuff inside and out.” But the PTC isn’t so sure.Read more →