How the FCC and the far right are reversing American values
Bills in congress right now could increase the maximum fine for an instance of indecency from $32,000 to $500,000. On an episode of Family Guy, Stewie's naked butt was censored, but Fox still took a financial hit from the FCC. Due to the incredible increase of complaints (from a few dozen to over a million), the FCC is forming a huge beaurocracy and automating their system of fine imposition. No judge, no jury; fine--do not pass go, do not collect $200.
What scares me as a young American is that the right wing has hijacked something that people died for. Even John McCain, every Democrat's favorite Republican, has horrific views on censorship. Europe is airing commericials that would get an American film an 'X' rating, which further symbolizes our cultural regression. Indeed, this Flowers for Algernon regression is a recurring theme with the right. Balanced budget: gone. Civil liberties: gone. Intelligent taxation: gone. Now, they are trying to purify everything with their Evangelical concepts of broadcast purity.
All the while, we are idly sitting by as this is happening. Focus on the Family is wielding more power in media than the entire Democratic party. The p.r. wings of the Republican party are taking over all facets of the media, who knows what's next?