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Unformatted text preview: FCC v. Pacifica Foundation, 438 U.S. 726 (1978) Facts: In New York a Pacifica Foundation owned radio station broadcasted a monologue entitled filthy words. The program was made up of George Carlin talking about and using the 7 words not allowed on public airwaves. These are; shit, piss, cunt, fuck, cucksucker, motherfucker, and tits. The program was accompanied with a live audiences laughter. The Commission received a complaint from a listening father who was worried about the monologues effect on his son. Pacifica responded that Carlin was merely a significant social satirist. The Commission held that the programs content was not obscene, it was patently offensive. They stated that this type of language and topic should not be discussed during times of the day when children are likely to be listening. Issue: The issue here is whether or not children are going to be negatively affected by the content of...
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This note was uploaded on 01/12/2011 for the course COMM 452 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at University of Michigan.
- Fall '08