For the last few years, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has been overstepping their authority and deciding–for 300 million Americans–what is decent and what is indecent to view on network TV.
Never mind that we’re already so exposed to swear words, sexually provocative scenes, and violence on the other 500 channels we get, and let’s not even count the Internet.
Finally, network TV is fighting back. ABC, NBC, CBS, and Fox decided today to challenge last March’s FCC ruling that declared several programs guilty of indecency, including “The Early Show.”
Apparently, an outsed “Survivor” contestant referred to another contestant by using a variation of the “S” word (it’s funny to see how newspapers go through hoops to avoid printing profane words). Another show, “Without a Trace,” depicited an alleged teen orgy scene where breasts were clutched by wayward hands.
Oh my god. I’m scarred forever. No, I’m not. This is one area where the FCC needs to butt out and focus on more important issues, such as making Internet media accessible for people with disabilities or assisting the adoption of digital telvision.
Think the FCC acts only on the complaints of concerned parents? Try the very concerned Parents Television Council, which filed 99.8% of all indecency complaints to the FCC in 2003 (and don’t be surprised if that was still true in 2005).
A stray nipple, a clutched boob, or an unscripted “F” word is not going to destroy our children’s precious innocence. If the FCC is so worried about that, maybe they should petition for an age limit on TV. Anyone under the age of 12 would only be allowed to watch PBS. Actually, that might not be such a bad idea.
Way to go, network TV. Now maybe you’ll start getting more viewers.