December 8th, 2004

Lord Yupa

Who is attempting to censor your TV/Radio?

An interesting article from . . apparently the Federal Communications Commission received more than 240,000 indecency complaints in 2003, up from only 14,000 in 2002.

Now, if you're like me, you probably noticed that we're dealing with a rather dramatic increase here. In fact, FCC chairman Michael Powell said there was "a dramatic rise in public concern and outrage about what is being broadcast into their homes."

Hrm. Something like that.

If you look a little deeper, though, it seems that 99.8% of all indecency complaints filed in 2003 were filed by the Parents Television Council, an activist group.

As of early October, 99.9% of the complaints filed for 2004 (not counting those filed regarding the last Super Bowl halftime show, when Janet Jackson popped a boob (I'm still amazed that it generated as much bitching as it did. . . seriously, anything more than a 2 line note at the bottom of page 12 in a news paper is more than was warranted)) came from the PTC.

It really makes me feel good to know that one small, but loud, group of bitching people could determine what is and isn't acceptable for me to watch on TV, or hear on the radio.