SMPA 173 Notes 2

SMPA 173 Notes 2 - Complete note set

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19:27 Radio— · Medium is in trouble · Radio act of 1927 1948 · rules and regulations for radio—fines and jail time for obsenity · congress pulled section out of communications act · put into criminal code topless radio · several different stations, had call-in programs · done in the middle of the day · DJs would start up programs, with different topics, usually about sex · KCDS in LA was one of the first—had program called Fem Forum o Fined by FCC 1973—Miller v. CA · basic US precedent for what is obscene and what is indecent 1979—FCC trying to protect children · trying to establish Family viewing hour · 8-9 pm during primetime · would not have programs that were the slightest bit racy or with too much violence
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· established by FCC—“Raised eyebrow policy” · the writers of drama and comedy did not like this law · took FCC to court and won · people supported this—like violence, sex · family viewing hour disappeared and underlined fact that FCC was worried about this, was getting pressure from parents and congress FCC v. pacifica foundation · Handout · 7 dirty words · if you listen to it, very different than reading it · turned out that father who was driving into NY with young son—son was probably 15 years old · safe harbor—10pm to 6am dissent in court was pretty strong · indecency may be legal, but by doing it from 10-6 we protect kids 1980s · FCC began to step up protection · Made it clear that it was more than 7 specific words that could create an indecent situation · It is looking at the context · i.e. howard stern · FCC called for warnings · Howard stern paid a record of 1million dollars in fines to FCC in order to buy stations that FCC had to clear 1996
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· telecomm act · requires V chip in television receivers Regulation must be narrowly tailored to protect those, in this case children, but not to prevent perfectly legal audience If going to complain to FCC · Need to know date and time of event In 2004 · 5 programs accounted for 95 percent of fines that the FCC assessed for anything to do with programming 2006 · 325,000 for a radio station with profanity FCC v. Fox tv stations · Handout Subscription Media · Have to make an active choice · Have to make an investment · Courts say there are two things with subscription media that are not true: o Not as pervasive as broadcast media § ubiquitous o Not as intrusive in the home—not everybody subscribes to cable, satellite, pay services o 1992
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· cable act · provision of that act said: o least access channels had to be scrambled o · PEG channel o Public, Educational, or Government channels o Public § Every cable system is supposed to provide a channel that local groups can come use § Let people communicate back o Educational channels § Used by schools o Government § Used by local government § Whatever local government has franchised o If PEG channels are full, will add more channels for you o What does this have to do with indecency? o
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This note was uploaded on 11/28/2010 for the course SMPA 173 taught by Professor Sterling during the Fall '09 term at GWU.

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SMPA 173 Notes 2 - Complete note set

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