Re: Free Speech, group censorship, and the FCC
- Lets not mix censorship and blocking the 'ads' which crop on these
groups from time to time. I think it is best to block this unwanted
spam because it is irrelevant and has nothing to do with this group.
I know I dont have the time to go through so many emails everyday
(even though the possibility that a hot teen really is interested in
me is very tempting). The 'people' posting these messages are
actually just software and so they dont really have any right to
freedom of speech (atleast not yet :)).
I dont believe in censorship. However, I do believe in rating the
contents of TV shows or books etc so that the peruser can know
before hand if there is something that they might find offensive. I
also believe that parents should have the right (to a certain
extent) to not want their children to be exposed to certain ideas or
images and we should all respect that. However, each individual
adult should be free to do whatever he or she wants to as long as
they do not violate the rights of others.
I cannot comment on Howard Stern because I do not know him. However
I think we made too big a deal of the Janet Jackson episode. By
playing it over and over again the media hyped it so much that it
became very political.
Nudity in itself is not necessarily obscene. And to be obscene one
doesnt have to be nude either.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, liquidmice <no_reply@y...>
> The Rushdie group has been quiet... imagine that! But the recent
> concerning censorship inspired me to fire off a little something.Perhaps it will further the
> censorship discussion? Perhaps we will have a few posts thismonth?
>supporters of free
> A new list member recently called Rushdie "one of the staunchest
> speech" and further suggested that because our group is moderatedfor spam, that it is in
> essence "censored" and therefore not true to Rushdie's cause andnot a pure free speech
> forum. Does anyone agree with this view? How about other "greyarea" censorship
> questions? For example, what do you think Rushdie would say aboutthe FCC? After the
> somewhat recent Janet Jackson booby sighting here in the USA, itwould seem that the FCC
> has been even more ridiculous in their ridiculous crusade againstprofanity. Is it so
> ridiculous? One of the most prominent critics (and recipients ofFCC fines) is Howard
> Stern, who recently revealed that he will move his morning radioshow to satellite radio in
> 2006, a move due mainly to FCC harassment.and (more often than not)
> Does anyone think Rushdie would criticize the FCC for its large
> politically-tinged and politically-timed fines?like Stern's, which
> Would he side with Stern?
> Would he say that SOME level of censorship should exist for shows
> could be accessible to young children? Stern's show airs in themorning and often consists
> of detailed perverse sexual discussions. Any thoughts on this?