Chris, Cynthia, 1961-

The indecent screen : regulating television in the twenty-first century / Cynthia Chris. - 1 online resource (xii, 237 pages) : illustrations. - JSTOR eBooks . - Book collections on Project MUSE. .

Includes bibliographical references (pages 181-228) and index.

Introduction: what we talk about when we talk about television and indecency -- A brief history of indecency in media in the twentieth century -- Targeting television in the twenty-first century -- Television : more or less? -- Bleeps and other obscenities -- Who's afraid of Dick Smart? : the body politic, public access, and the punitive state -- Conclusion: the future of indecency, and why it matters.

"[This book] explores clashes over indecency in broadcast television among U.S.-based media advocates, television professionals, the Federal Communications Commission, and TV audiences. [The author] focuses on the decency debates during an approximately twenty-year period since the Telecommunications Act of 1996, which in many ways restructured the media environment. Simultaneously, ever increasing channel capacity, new forms of distribution, and time-shifting (in the form of streaming and on-demand viewing options) radically changed how, when, and what we watch. But instead of these innovations quelling concerns that TV networks were too often transmitting indecent material that was accessible to children, complaints about indecency skyrocketed soon after the turn of the century. [The author] demonstrates that these clashes are significant battles over the role of family, the role of government, and the value of free speech in our lives, arguing that an uncensored media is so imperative to the public good that we can, and must, endure the occasional indecent screen."--

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22573/ctt22w205m JSTOR

Television--Law and legislation--United States.
Television broadcasting--Censorship--United States.
Obscenity (Law)--United States.

KF2840 / .C48 2018