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Dirty Discourse

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312 pages
Changes in society, the pluralistic nature of the citizens and the geographic breadth of America preclude a common definition of what is indecent, profane, or obscene. What may appear to be 'dirty discourse' to some may be considered to be laudable satire to others. In this fascinating book, renowned media scholars and authors, Robert Hilliard and Michael Keith, examine the history and nature of indecent program content in American radio.
  • Examines the blue side of the airways with a first-ever analysis of the history and nature of off-color program content.
  • Explores the treatment of once-forbidden topics in the electronic media, investigating the beliefs, attitudes and actions of those who present such material, those who condemn it, and those who defend it.
  • Written from a social and cultural perspective, concentrates on the means of greatest distribution - radio, with its phenomenal growth of "shock jocks" and rap music lyrics.
  • Provides coverage of television and the Internet, showing how and why broadcasting has evolved from the ribald antics of the Roaring 20's to today's streaming cybersex, contrasting the standards and actions of the FCC v. the First Amendment amidst the over-the-air and in-the-court battles of over-the-top radio.
  • Illustrates political pressures and legal considerations, including Supreme Court decisions, and efforts to protect children from media smut.
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CONTENTS
Foreword by Newton N. Minow
Preface
Chapter 1.
Chapter 2.
Chapter 3.
Chapter 4.
Chapter 5.
Chapter 6.
Chapter 7.
Chapter 8.
Appendix A:
Appendix B:
Appendix C:
I Can’t Define It, Bu t . . .
How Many Dirty Words?
Crock Jocks to Shock Jocks
Strange Music Fills the Ai r . . .
You Have to Pay to Play
Crass, Brass, and Alas
Tit for Tat
Speak the Speech
FCC v. Pacifica Foundation
FCC Stance on the Enforcement of Prohibition Against Obscene and Indecent Broadcasts
Primer on Indecency from Haley, Bader & Potts
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VII
Appendix D:
Appendix E:
Appendix F:
Appendix G:
Appendix H:
Appendix I:
Appendix J:
FCC on the Implementation of Section 10 of the Cable Consumer Protection and Competition Act of 1992
Plaintiffs v. Attorney General Janet Reno
FCC Letter to Infinity Broadcasting Corp.
Eargazam Playlist
FCC Finding on The KBOO Foundation
FCC Finding on Capstar TX Limited Partnership
FCC Finding on Citicasters Co.
Further Reading
Index
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