COM121 WA4 - Britany Van Blake Mentor Dr Maugh COM-121...

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Britany Van Blake Mentor: Dr. Maugh COM-121, Written Assignment 4 July 3, 2016 1) Using examples, explain the difference between obscene and indecent materials. While at first obscene and indecent materials may seem the same, there is a distinction to be made between the two. According to the FCC website, “Obscene content does not have protection by the First Amendment. For content to be ruled obscene, it must meet a three- pronged test established by the Supreme Court: It must appeal to an average person's prurient interest; depict or describe sexual conduct in a "patently offensive" way; and, taken as a whole, lack serious literary, artistic, political or scientific value. Indecent content portrays sexual or excretory organs or activities in a way that does not meet the three-prong test for obscenity.” Also worth noting, indecent material is “restricted from airing on television and radio between the hours of 6 a.m. and 10 p.m.” to minimize children’s exposure to it (Ferguson).

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