News from the Tennessee Valley Opinion
MONDAY, MARCH 27, 2006


The FCC’s days as censor of programs are numbered

The WB network self-censored "The Bedford Diaries," which will premiere at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, but it found a way around the Federal Communications Commission's crackdown on indecency.

The show involves a college class on sexuality, but the first televised episode won't include scenes of two girls kissing and a girl opening her jeans, according to The Associated Press. However, an uncut version of the same show will be available on the network's Web site.

The FCC will succeed in shielding millions of viewers from questionable content on this show, but the long-term implications are clear. As the Internet and other technologies become accessible to more and more people and transmission becomes faster and cheaper, government supervision of the public airways will become increasingly irrelevant.

Already, raunchy programming is readily available on cable TV. Anyone can Google just about anything he or she wants on the Internet.

Viewers are going to have to be their own censors — informing themselves and exercising judgment about what they want, need and ought to see. And parents are going to have to look after their own children. The FCC won't be of much help as a nanny.

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