Broadcast Indecency: F.C.C. Regulation and the First Amendment / Edition 2 available in Paperback
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- Taylor & Francis
Discussing such controversial issues as 'shock jock' Howard Stern, this book treats broadcast indecency as more than a simple regulatory problem in American law. The author's approach cuts across legal, social, and economic concerns taking the view that media law and regulation cannot be seen within a vacuum that ignores cultural realities.
This cutting-edge book treats broadcast indecency as a social phenomenon challenging the policy approach of government regulation. It is an exploration of the political and social processes involved in the government control of mass media content. The author, using F.C.C. documents and other sources, studies the complex issue of broadcast indecency and its impact on the mass media and the public. He also challenges assumptions and attempts to place content issues within an international context and to project the future of regulation while offering practical advice to broadcast managers on how to deal with today's broadcast indecency issues.
Jeremy Harris Lipschultz, Ph.D., is a former radio news director. He is currently an associate professor of communication and Graduate Program Chair in the Department of Communication, University of Nebraska at Omaha. He holds a Ph.D. in journalism from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and has been active in the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.
Table of Contents
An Introduction to Issues in Broadcast Indecency
• Conceptual Problems of Policy and Application
• Origins of the Concept of "Indecent" Communication
• Mass Communicators, Gender, and Theoretical Issues
• A Content Analysis of Non-Actionable Broadcasts
• The Role of Audience and Community in Complaints
• Branton v. FCC: The Redefinition of Listening Standing.
• The Social Construction of Howard Stern: "Shock Jocks" and Their Listeners
• The Question of Effects from Indecent Broadcasts
• Making Money, Advertising and the Issue of Broadcast Indecency
• The Action for Children's Television Cases: Regulatory Ambiguity
• U.S. Broadcast Indecency in an International Context: the Future of Regulation