The Declarer (Floyd McWilliams' Blog)

Friday, February 27, 2004


State censorship of television and radio is real, and it affects more than just whether Howard Stern can talk dirty to strippers. James Donald explains why in this post from Usenet:


The existence of the CEO's job depends on continuing approval
by state bureaucrats.

As I have pointed out before, compare made-for-TV cartoon
Zorro, who is a sort of deputy of the governor, with made for
movies Zorro who is an armed revolutionary against the state
and the governor.

Compare made for TV batman, again a sort of police deputy, with
made-for-movies batman, who is a vigilante the police are
trying to arrest.

Compare illegal recreational drugs in the movies, with illegal
recreational drugs on television. The hand of the state is
painfully visible.

Compare made for movies heroes like Braveheart --
revolutionaries, with made for TV heroes -- state
functionaries.


More Donald, on the subject of Howard Stern:


James A. Donald>
> > There are no genuinely private stations. Private stations
> > send their signal over government owned air waves subject to
> > licenses that can be pulled for any reason or no reason,

Guilherme C Roschke
> is that what the law on this says?

I do not know if it uses those exact words, but that is the effect
of goverment ownership.

It says that the punishments are administrative, and not judicial,
which in practice silences dissent. For example though Howard
Stern was theoretically fined for obscenity, his response was to
stop talking politics, which means that he, like me, interpreted
it as a fine against his political position.


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