I can agree with some degree of regulation, but far less than what is occurring now. The FCC won't even attempt to define what is "indecent", and so we have a policy that is utterly impossible to determine if you're on the right side of it or not. And, frankly, I'm a big fan of if you don't like it then turn it off. If you don't like your kids watching/listening to it, then take steps to show them not only that you don't want them doing so, but why. Too many parents are unwilling to do this though, and so want the government to police the airwaves for them -- and thus enforce their morals and ethics on others without their consent.
Just to add a little to this already great point. I don't like the fact that a body that has so much impact on what the public sees (the FCC) is not an elected group of officials. As far as I know there is no mechanism for the public to begin the process of removing someone from any government agency other than changing the overall administration. Even then the new administration can keep the existing players intact if the deem it appropriate.
The FCC also seems to have the ability to choose who they will fine willy nilly. On top of that, there seems to be no real method to their madness. Something that seems ok at one moment can become taboo the next?
The way in which these new fines were added to a military spending bill should be enough for most people to question the intentions of the people that added them. If this was so important and so many people 'desired' these new fines why did they need to tack it onto a totally unrelated bill that has a high chance of passing on it's own merits?
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-TPFKAS2Shttp://www.braglio.comThis comment was edited on Jun 24, 11:15.