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The Indecent Screen

Regulating Television in the Twenty-First Century

Cynthia Chris (author)

ISBN: 9780813594071

Publication Date: Jan 2019

Format: Hardback

Also available as: Paperback  

Explores clashes over indecency in broadcast television among US-based media advocates, television professionals, the Federal Communications Commission, and TV audiences. Cynthia Chris focuses on the decency debates during an approximately twenty-year period since the Telecommunications Act of 1996, which restructured the media environment.
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The Indecent Screen explores clashes over indecency in broadcast television among U.S.-based media advocates, television professionals, the Federal Communications Commission, and TV audiences. Cynthia Chris 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. Chris 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.
Illustrations 15 black & white illustrations
Pages 236
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 Jan 2019
Publisher Rutgers University Press
Subject/s Public administration   Television   Media studies   Art treatments & subjects   Freedom of information & freedom of speech  
  • Chronology
  • List of Abbreviations
  • Introduction: What We Talk About When We Talk About Television and Indecency
  • 1 A Brief History of Indecency in Media in the Twentieth Century
  • 2 Targeting Television in the Twenty-First Century
  • 3 Television: More or Less?
  • 4 Bleeps and Other Obscenities
  • 5 Who�s Afraid of Dick Smart? The Body Politic, Public Access, and the Punitive State
  • Conclusion: The Future of Indecency, and Why It Matters
  • Acknowledgments
  • Notes
  • Index
Cynthia Chris is an associate professor in media culture at The College of Staten Island, City University of New York, and affiliated faculty in women's and gender studies at the CUNY Graduate Center. She is the author or coeditor of Watching Wildlife, Cable Visions, and Media Authorship.

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