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FCC And Allowable Content

I personally believe that the FCC use of not allowing obscene or profane words, sights on broadcast television is a good thing.  The V-Chip and the safe harbor time slot is a positive for both television and the people watching.

The only thing that really stands in the way of these rules are the grey areas to the definitions of what is profane, indecent, and obscene.  For example,“Profane language” includes those words that are so highly offensive that their mere utterance in the context presented may, in legal terms, amount to a “nuisance.” In its Golden Globe Awards Order the FCC warned broadcasters that, depending on the context, it would consider the “F-Word” and those words (or variants thereof) that are as highly offensive as the “F-Word” to be “profane language” that cannot be broadcast between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m.”

The over generalization of the guidlines will lead to either a super-sensitive censorship or a barely used censorship. When I watched the Grammy’s a few weeks ago, during one of the live performances, whole lines of Drake, Eminem, and Lil Wayne’s songs were censored out by CBS because the lyrics didn’t meet their standards to broadcast.

The generalization in the rules and the uber-sensitivity of broadcast stations to not get fined (in which they can be fined for EACH individual incident) caused CBS to censor parts of a performance for up to 8 seconds at a time.  From the standpoint of what is profane, the song and performance was not profane in context. The only instances of profanity were the actual lyrics and only a few of those lyrics could be considered profane by the definition, so why censor whole segments of a performance. The reason is the grey areas the FCC leaves open for interpretation.

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Digital Television

In my view, the switch from Analog To Digital Media is important because Digital Media is an easier media to get, to edit, to manipulate, and carry (both in how we watch it/listen to it and how we record it).

Socially, DTV may lead us to a host of other things like 3D television and holographic viewing but what I think DTV does, is eliminates the need for a cumbersome transfer of what is mostly Digital Media (cellphones, video cameras, anything with a computer)into a slower, less precise, and more expensive form of analog tv.

This transfer to digital will allow a greater number of people to participate in television, whether it be, news, entertainment, sports, or world events.Because digital media seems to be more readily available to the masses and far cheaper than analog was to produce or capture, digital tv will benefit from that and allow consumers to become a more interactive participant in television watching.

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Theory I Like The Most

The theory i like the most, at this moment, is the Technological Determinism Theory presented by Marshall McLuhan. As I read his theory there were many ideas and concepts which I believe are true. Furthermore, most of the theories presented talk about how different types of media communicate (Weaver) or are communicated to us (Performance Competence), McLuhan’s talks about the affects of those communications on us.

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Hello.

A little quiet. A little shy.Sometimes too stubborn. Sometimes too sporadic. Yet, always humble.

Aspiring screenwriter and movie dude.

I just changed my major, again,  back to communication and I pretty sure this will stick. My grandfather told me I was going to graduate college by the time Im his age (he’s 95),  so I’ve got about 60 more years…..I’ve got time.

There are two ways I try and help people out when it comes to happiness. One, by mixing really good drinks (I’m a bartender). And two, by writing encouraging words. I get paid to pour drinks, not so much for the writing. One day I plan on getting paid to write and mixing drinks in my spare time.

Cheers.