Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Fuck Roe, overturn Pacifica!

I was pleased to read that three former commissioners of the FCC, including two former chairmen, filed amicus briefs urging the Supreme Court to overturn its Pacifica decision ["the Seven Dirty Word" case], which upheld the authority of the FCC to regulate indecency by broadcasters.

The decision was a boneheaded one to begin with [which part of Congress shall make no law abridging. . . did they not understand?], but its rationale (the "limited broadcast spectrum" -- meaning the dearth of outlets for broadcast info) has been laughably superseded by advances in technology.

We don't need a national censor, or a national parent to tell us what we should read or see or listen to.

1 comment:

Mister Parker said...

Somehow this reminds me of an episode of Two and a Half Men where the producer noted they had done all sorts of unbelievably vulgar jokes but the only thing the network censor objected to was mentioning a particular brand of scotch by name ...