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1 Swope Sarah Swope English 150 Yulia Levchenko April 28, 2011 Media Sucks "Hey, I'm not square, you're the one that's square. You're full of shit, man. What are you talking about? You walk out with those fuckin' creeps and low-lifes and degenerates out on the streets and you sell your little pussy for peanuts? For some low- life pimp who stands in the hall? And I'm square? You're the one that's square, man. I don't go screwing fuck with a bunch of killers and junkies like you do. You call that bein' hip? What world are you from? " (Taxi Driver). This quote from the movie Taxi Driver would have anyone left with mouth agape. Surprisingly, more and more movies and television shows have let lines like this become acceptable over the last decade. Nudity and vulgar clothing has also become more common in recent years. There is also a sexual innuendo in about every movie I have ever watched. This is disappointing to me and I believe that if we were more pure in our intentions and actions, the world would be a better place. What I would like to know is how far we will take this before it becomes inappropriate. It seems that today anything can be said and looked at as being acceptable. It is ridiculous, in my opinion, that words such as the f word can be put in movies and television shows and not be beeped out. I grew up in a family where it was disrespectful to cuss, and I was not introduced to inappropriate words until 6 th or 7 th grade. I did not say
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2 cuss words until high school, and even then I felt dirty and rude saying words that were so demeaning. To hear this type of language in media makes me sad and slightly disgusted by what our society has slowly but surely accepted blindly. I began doing research on why this type of language is accepted. I wanted to see if there was perhaps a law passed to let vulgar language be said in media instead of beeped out. I did not find much helpful information. I did however come across these helpful court cases: Schenck vs. United States (1919), and Debs vs. United States (1919), Dennis vs. United States (1951) : First amendment does not protect speech which creates "clear and present danger" or speech which is "likely to incite violent behavior." Miller vs. California (1973): Obscene speech is not protected. (Sullivan). These court cases have tried to limit the amount of foul language and obscene speech in media. These cases have not made much of a difference simply because the Supreme Court has a difficult time defining vulgarity. Perhaps these cases have been forgotten because they are so old, but when I watch shows and commercials with vulgar language I am disappointed to see that there is no difference. I tried to find some cases from more recent years, but it seems to be hard to pass a law on something so vague. There is so much language that is hard to get away from in media, but this is not the only problem. Sexual messages have been mixed into almost every show I have ever watched. I
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This note was uploaded on 10/20/2011 for the course ENGLISH 101 taught by Professor Johnson during the Spring '11 term at UNL.

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