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Stop The FCC

Discussion in 'Open Discussion (Work-safe)' started by Helpinghand, Mar 18, 2004.

  1. Helpinghand

    Helpinghand Freshman

    Stern gets fined, Bono's remarks get fine....

    Lets stop all this crazyness

    Please sign the Petition at:
  2. ashlandbuck

    ashlandbuck Banned

    Sears already tried this. He didn't get a lot of support.
    I empathize for you because of my own distrust and dislike of the goverment, but I couldn't think any less of Howard as a human being. I'll pass on signing the petition.
  3. MililaniBuckeye

    MililaniBuckeye The satanic soulless freight train that is Ohio St Staff Member Tech Admin

    So, I suppose that "free speech" means I have the right to say, "God fucking damn, I'd really like to fuck me a Nigger bitch for a change instead of the skanky-assed slant-eyed Jap whore I've been fucking the two months" on the radio when kids could be listening? I don't think so.
  4. BuckBackHome

    BuckBackHome Wolverine is largest member of weasel family

    Yes, it does.
  5. sears3820

    sears3820 Sitting around in my underwear.... Staff Member

    When were you ever able to say that stuff on the radio? I realize the we must protect children from some of the filth that is out there but aren't adults/parents capable of screening what young ones watch, listen to and read? I just don't like morals being forced down my throat.

    The regulation of tighter definitions of indecency are just another attempt to sacrifice freedom of expression in order to appeal to "family values." Election year posturing perhaps?

    They're not just targeting radio:
  6. ashlandbuck

    ashlandbuck Banned

    I can't patrol my kids 24/7 to be sure that they are not listening to or watching filth.That's impossible.
    As much as you may not like it, there has to guidlines. The FCC is trying to set some. You still cannot do such things as yell "fire" in a crowded theatre.
    You have to admitt that Howard really pushes the envelope.
  7. MililaniBuckeye

    MililaniBuckeye The satanic soulless freight train that is Ohio St Staff Member Tech Admin

    BuckinMichigan: Actually it doesn't. You can't yell "Fire!" in a crowded theater for fun (i.e., when there is no actual fire) without being held accountable for unreasonably putting innocent people's lives in danger. There are also laws against libel and slander. In other words, there are limitations on what you can and cannot say. The writers of the Constitution intended for us to be able to voice our opinions in a public forum concerning the common good of the people (being able to criticize out own government, etc.). They did not mean for us to able be totally irresponsible and say whatever we want to whomever we want without due repercussions.

    (edit) Ashland types faster than me...
  8. Oh8ch

    Oh8ch Cognoscente of Omphaloskepsis Staff Member

    I feel there is clearly a distinction between the petition and the article Sears links to that discusses restrictions on cable as well.

    Along with the freedom of speech there is an implied freedom from speech. I don't care much for Howard, but he certainly doesn't offend me. That doesn't mean some other person - or that person's children - should be exposed to language and descriptions that they or their parents find offensive. As stated above it is impossible to protect access of your children to what is boradcast over public airwaves. Howard Stern is not pushing that envelope, he shredded it several years ago.

    But when you start talking about censoring subscription services it is an entirely different matter. If you don't like the standards on cable tv don't pay for it and you are then free from exposure. To place restrictions on such media is clearly a limitation of free speech IMO.
  9. buckiprof

    buckiprof 21st Century Buckeye Man Staff Member

    ashland - Kids should be supervised when Howard is on in the morning. So that is an easy supervision job. One can't monitor their children 24/7 as you indicated so as a parnet we hope that we instill in them what is right and wrong so that if they hear or see something that is deemed as "filth" it will not harm them. (And chances are children at a young age hear worse on a school bus and at school anyways.)

    It is ironic that a classic rock station now may not be able to play Pink Floyd's "Money" because of the line " goody good bullshit".

    Does anyone know how the head of the FCC got the position and what his qualifications are?
  10. sears3820

    sears3820 Sitting around in my underwear.... Staff Member

    I agree but once the ball starts rolling with tighter guidelines and regulations, where's it going to stop?
  11. ashlandbuck

    ashlandbuck Banned

    Buckeye prof

    Have you ever watched or listened to Horward? The stuff they hear at school may certainly be bad but I doubt if 6th graders will be discussing the sexual adventures of a hermaphrodite and asking each other to show each others their tits and ass.

    I do agree with you though that the ultimate resposibilty is mine when it comes to my children and their sense of right and wrong.
    I wouldn't ever sue the makers of the TV show and movie "Jackass" if my kids were actually stupid enough to mock one of their stunts.
  12. ashlandbuck

    ashlandbuck Banned

    Sears, I know. I am really torn on this issue.
    I truly do empathize with those that feel the FCC is over stepping their bounds.
  13. BuckBackHome

    BuckBackHome Wolverine is largest member of weasel family


    You are correct. The courts have said there are limitations to Freedom of Speech when it concerns a breach of the peace or cause violence. However, the Supreme Court has also said the government has to provide "substantial justification for the interference with the right of free speech where it attempts to regulate the content of the speech."

    The example you used may be offensive to some, all, or none, but does it justify a breach of peace or cause violence? My guess is the courts would say no and would allow you to make that comment.

    I believe the First Amendment allows us to express ourselves in speech without fear of restrictions by the government and is not solely limited to what is the "common good." The "common good" is a subjective term and can be defined, if chosen to be, by the majority. The concern is whether a limitation on speech is because it causes violence or simply offends someone. It then becomes a question of whether it is an erosion of one of the basic tenets this country was founded upon.

    Hey, how do you feel about guns :wink2:
  14. tibor75

    tibor75 Banned

    once again the government is being asked to do the jobs of lazy and horrible parents.
  15. NorthShoreBuck

    NorthShoreBuck True Madness Requires Significant Intelligence


    You'll get me to shut up before you get my guns.

    How is that for my first post?

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