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Unformatted text preview: ested on obscenity charges Act was broadcast uncensored on the radio in 1973 US Supreme Court case “FCC vs Pacifica” Pacifica” 1978 (Stevens wrote for the majority) INDV101 – Fall 2007 INDV101 – Fall 2007 The Words
• • • • • What’s ‘indecent language’?
• "[T]he concept of `indecent' is "[T]he intimately connected with the exposure of children to language that describes, in terms patently offensive as measured by contemporary community standards for the broadcast medium, sexual or excretory activities and organs, at organs, times of the day when there is a reasonable risk that children may be in the audience." (FCC vs Pacifica)
INDV101 – Fall 2007 Piss Shit T**s F*** And three others that are still strong enough I’m not I’ going to mention them (two are compound words for sexual activities, one a female anatomical term).
INDV101 – Fall 2007 6 Taboo words through time
• • • • Several of Carlin’s dirty words Carlin’ are now not (as) dirty (20 years) ‘piss’ is now regularly used as a piss’ part of expressions such as ‘pissed off’ off’ ‘shit’ is now heard on primetime, shit’ family hour television ‘t**s’ is a word also commonly t**s’ heard on primetime TV, and elsewhere...
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