Thursday, February 10, 2005

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?


Blogger Robert A. Swipe said...

You said it Alex,

I think we used to assume that, for instance, China and other ex-communist countries would become more democratic and eventually follow our model of liberal/capitalist/democracy as they began to get stronger economically. Sadly, the facts seem to suggest the reverse to be the case - US, UK in particular are beginning to ditch the trappings of freedom/liberalism whilst strengthening the hand of corporations and big business. In short, China - with its mix of totalitarianism and enterprise, is becoming the new model, not us. As you suggest, this is happening in a creeping fashion. I fear that when the penny drops for most people that they are living in a dictatorship, it will be too late to do much about it.

But hey, the world keeps turning, right.

Peace and friendship,


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Blogger Warrant said...

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My advice to you is: I think you should rename your blog The Liberal Democrat.

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