The United States May be Moving Away from being a Puritanical Society
The FCC is considering changes in their policies of language and nudity. Its website is asking for public opinion on the matter.
The agency is considering moving away from the severe policies of the Bush administration. It wants to know how the public feels about adult programs that use an “occasional” expletive, or displays brief non-sexual nudity.
FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski is stepping down. He has not levied one fine in his four years as the head of the agency.
Having faced challenges to past proposed fines, the FCC may be moving into the 21st century. Two cases were ruled by the Supreme Court as being too “vague”, and the fines overturned, but the issue of first amendment rights were not part of the decision.
The agency had a backlog of over 1.4 million complaints. Many of those were concerned with a handful of issues. It has cleared up over a million of them.
While some legislators want stricter controls, the FCC appears to be considering a trek in the opposite direction. Asia and Europe are more liberal in their attitudes towards television content. They, and millions of Americans, believe that it is the parent’s responsibility to control what their children see on television.
Programs which may feature looser controls would be later evening programs.
Columnist-The Guardian Express