Essay on Censorship of Film and Television

646 Words Nov 18th, 2012 3 Pages
Censorship of Film and Television What is Censorship? It is the practice of officially examining books, movies, film, etc., and suppressing unacceptable parts. Censorship usually takes place based on religious, moral, or personal reasons. In Film, censorship has taken many turns and it is continuing to encounter many conflicts. Broadcasting organizations along with the FCC (Federal Communications Center) and the AFA (American Family Association) are supposedly doing everything in their power to ensure that no indecency airs. Despite these claims and attempts, failure is inevitable due to the continual growth in immorality and societies thrive off of indecency. Today, everyone has access to all types of media, and in order to ensure that …show more content…
In the film “The Outlaw” (1943), nude scenes with Jane Russell were supposed to be bleeped or removed, but when the movie screening in theaters took place, neither of the two actions were taken. Another method is suppressing live feed entirely. When something offensive takes place or a death occurs, broadcasters will suppress the live feed immediately, using the 5 to 10 second buffer between filming and airing the events. At the super bowl half time show in 2012, M.I.A. stuck up her middle finger during the performance, and the film engineers were too late to prevent the live feed from playing to millions of viewers. In attempts to censor indecent material, the FCC and the AFA have grown more and more reluctant in maintain morality and standing against the push of indecency in society. Reporters in the Los Angeles Times claim that the AFA is spending millions of useless dollars in order to control immorality. Instead, they should create better programs that will benefit their viewers. The AFA pretends to be fighting the provocative material to the attention of children, but the main stream and the immorality in society has grown to a new height that has brought organizations like the AFA and the FCC to the down low in intervention. Even the FCC admits that they do not monitor TV broadcasting, and censor based on caller complaints. Since the reliability of these organizations is questionable, parent must take the initiative in
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