Technology May Make Censorship Obsolete

from the one-can-only-hope dept

Under various guises, like public ownership of the airwaves, the government, from time to time, engages in censorship. The famous seven words you can't say on the air proved an irritant to Howard Stern in his early days. Eventually, a new technology (satellite radio) allowed him to broadcast outside the reach of the FCC, and he's now free to say whatever he likes. This week, the WB announced that they would self censor an episode of their racy drama The Bedford Diaries, to avoid the FCC's wrath, but they also announced that the unedited version would be available online. As Adam Thierer argues, technological progress signals the death of government content controls. Conversely, government content controls hasten the death of free broadcast media, as they're an impetus to distribute over new platforms. While this is a great trend, this could also result in a backlash elsewhere -- such as giving the FCC regulatory powers over internet content. Already, some want the FCC to regulate indecency on cable TV. There's no public-ownership excuse there, that's just censorship.
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    Mike, 23 Mar 2006 @ 10:41pm

    Re: uhh

    "are we TRYING to become China?
    Really, no, you get a clue. Censorship is a 'giving away' of rights to choose. You go look it up.

    Keep giving it away people; the powerful in the US want you to become complacent. Similar to the anti-utopian plan in V. Might help if you could read a newspaper also.
    The internet still doesn't have every point of view..."

    You're an idiot. If the internet still doesn't have every point of view then there is absolutely NO medium that does. true censorship is 'giving away' of rights. but the powerful in the US aren't the ones pushing for censorship its the middle class. The ones that want someone safe for their children to watch. Most people say "change the channel" the trouble is there is very little to change the channel to! There is almost nothing that an entire family can watch together and everyone be entertained. Don't tell me its not possible it happened all the time. Wonder years, happy days, etc. again though .. mainly because of your statement about the internet I say You are a complete idiot. *dont' censor me! it'd be against your ideals ;-)*

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