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Profanity in Prime Time 1 Jackson State University Jackson, Mississippi Profanity in Prime Time Television: A Content Analysis of 60 Years A Research Proposal Submitted to the Department of Mass Communication In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Master of Arts Degree By Ashley McIntyre December 10, 2007
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Profanity in Prime Time 2 Abstract The purpose of this research is to help answer some proposed questions such as: 1) What is the responsibility of the entertainment industry? 2) Are the First Amendment freedoms being violated through the censorship of television shows? 3) What is the Parents Television Council? How does TV affect children? What is prime time television? and, 4) What devices are available to abandon the displaying of profanity? Prime time television is between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time). Many identify prime time television as a time when television programs are aired that are considered to be suitable for the entire family. Yet, some shows still possess a lot of profanity. Many shows claim to be protected by the First Amendment. Are they protected? The problem, if foul language amongst many other unsuitable behaviors is displayed, it is not suitable for the entire family.
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Profanity in Prime Time 3 In today’s society mass media is accused of shaping the lives of everyone. Whether individuals are influenced by a specific medium such as a radio or television, it has been that children today are exposed more to sex, drugs, and violence than they were 60 years ago. What is profanity and what affects does it have on the community? The article entitled “Talking a “Blue” Streak: Context and Offensive Language in Prime Time Network Television Programs” informed how profanity can be thought of as a form of verbal aggression. This form of verbal aggression is more common in today’s network television. Profane words and phrases are continuing to grow within television scripts. A mass number of individuals fear that the existing civil society will encounter one which will allow profanity laced language to continue its contribution to rudeness, emotional pain, and the displaying of social cues (Kaye and Sapolsky, 2004). In the article, “T.V. Profanity Violates My Civil Rights” by Dr. Hugh F. Pyle (2007), Gene Rogers, a broadcasting executive in Chicago said the day of filth has arrived. He expressed that every other record that he receives has cursing in it. Through his observation, he hears cursing in majority of television. Therefore, he refuses to play any records that contain any cursing on his radio station. What about the affects of television? Taking a trip down memory lane, Solomon (2005) and Multichannel News (2005) recalls that in February 2004, Janet Jackson’s breast appeared during half time of the Super Bowl. This occurrence pushed the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) to focus more on television indecency. As a result CBS corporate parent Viacom was
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