Media Censorship Essay

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Media Censorship As technologies become a larger and more integrated part of our daily lives there is controversy over what may or may not be acceptable to publicize to the public. Merriam Webster’s definition for the word censorship is: censorial control exercised repressively (). The Federal Communications Committee, a independent regulatory commission, was developed as an offset of the Federal Radio Commission in 1934. It was also created from the Communications Act. Congress uses the Federal Communications Commission (otherwise known as the FCC) to regulate the infrastructure of the American electronic communications and media technology. One of the roles that the FCC is responsible for is regulating media censorship involving broadcast and satellite radio, broadcast and cable television, satellite television, and the internet. Also if there are complaints the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau handles them (Stone, 41). One of the main concerns of media censorship regulation is the question of whether it is unconstitutional adhering to the First Amendment. In the beginning there was censorship because of mainly political reasons. Censorship in the present is now more likely an act against violent and pervasive themes. The government wants to control access to information and protect children from material that is deemed to be offensive. This is assumed to be because a problem with our younger generations is that they are more than ever being influenced by what they see on the television and hear on the radio. Children may be influenced or affected by the violent and sexual content of some of the shows that come on. There are arguments against the FCC censoring material just because some of the audience may be children. Some of these arguments say that it is the right of every adult to watch and listen to whatever they want to, and that those children’s parents

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