The Federal Communications Commission in considering relaxing its rules on indecency on over-the-air, commercial television stations.
Said an FCC circular:
After the Supreme Court’s decision [here and here] in FCC v. Fox Television Stations , Inc., 132 S.Ct. 2307 (2012), in September 2012, Chairman Genachowski instructed Commission staff to commence a review of the Commission’s broadcast indecency policies and enforcement to ensure they are fully consistent with vital First Amendment principles.
Under the proposal only "fleeting" instances of potty talk and "non-sexual" nudes would be allowed. The agency would pursue only the most "egregious" violations of its decency policies. ( The Hill has some good background on the issue.)
Some people see this as an opening shot, to permit even more profanity and nudity on commercial TV so it can more successfully compete against cable and satellite providers that have exploited nudity and dirty words for bigger profits. Just the vagueness of the proposal that allows, for example, "non-sexual" displays of nudity, troubles some child-protection advocates. Will non-sexual displays of pubescent girls be allowed, to the delight of pedophiles?
For some people, child advocates among them, it represents a worse coarsening of American culture, at the expense of children and their childhoods. Said the Illinois Family Institute:
This proposal benefits no one but major media networks, which are too vulgar and too powerful already.
Below is a nude scene from NYPD Blue, a popular TV series, that helped set off the fight. Is this in our future? Did I post it for purely salacious purposes?
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