How Much Does Free Speech Cost?

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I woke up this morning to the news that the FCC may be able to regulate violence on television, without doing harm to the constitution.

No word on whether that includes regulating Rosie O'Donnell.

But hot on the heels of that news, comes Dick Meyer's latest opus, with some provocative thoughts:
The FCC has apparently surveyed the research and found connections between violent entertainment and media imagery and violent behavior and imagination. I don't know if Russell Simmons and the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network have surveyed the research and discovered that woman-hating, violent and racially degrading music foster, um, anti-social behaviors.

Certainly the idea that eliminating these three specific words from rap lyrics would have any real world effects is ludicrous. Certainly the idea that a new law, enforced by the FCC, regulating what times it is appropriate to air chain-saw massacres and slasher movies on cable would diminish the production of future Dylan Klebolds and Cho Seung-Huis is farcical.

But I applaud both these efforts.

How else can "society" – the collective "we" – fight back against an entertainment culture that is perverted? Put it another way: I applaud almost any attempt to protest and mock this piggish, warped media machine, no matter how ineffective, illiberal, anti-First Amendment, prudish or uncool it may be.
Wander over to Against the Grain for more. And watch your mouth.


  • Greg Kandra

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