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America has this law; China has this law; is that OK? [Copy link] 中文

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Post time 2006-12-1 11:10:26 |Display all floors
From the FCC website:

Regulation of Obscenity, Indecency and Profanity

It is a violation of federal law to air obscene programming at any time.

It is also a violation of federal law to broadcast indecent or profane programming during certain hours. (See definitions}. Congress has given the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) the responsibility for administratively enforcing the law that governs these types of broadcasts. The FCC has authority to issue civil monetary penalties, revoke a license or deny a renewal application. In addition, violators of the law, if convicted in a federal district court, are subject to criminal fines and/or imprisonment for not more than two years.

The FCC vigorously enforces this law where we find violations. In 2004 alone, the FCC took action in 12 cases, involving hundreds of thousands of complaints, assessing penalties and voluntary payments totaling approximately $8,000,000. The Commission has also toughened its enforcement penalties by proposing monetary penalties based on each indecent utterance in a broadcast, rather than proposing a single monetary penalty for the entire broadcast.

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Post time 2006-12-1 11:38:27 |Display all floors
I think the key there is the part that says, "(see definitions)".
I am not rich.  :L

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Post time 2006-12-1 11:51:07 |Display all floors
In all law, the definitions are incredibly important.

I have read the US definition of obscenity (and indeceny, profanity), and it is clear the FCCs own test for judging what is obscene material will vary between the US and China.  

The same language means different things in each country.  The written law may be identical and the descriptions of the definitions may be torn right out of the FCC rulebook.  Still, different material will be banned in each country by the exact same law.

I haven't read the text of the Chinese law.  Is there an allowance for material with "literary, artistic, political, or scientific value"?

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Post time 2006-12-1 12:15:14 |Display all floors

Porn is Porn

Calling it " "literary, artistic, political, or scientific value" does not make it less harmful to the young and impressionable.

People who sell porn should be sentenced to life imprisonment (they are), so that "freaking" would have no chance of catching on in China.

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Post time 2006-12-1 12:40:28 |Display all floors
You're right, it doesn't.  I'm not so sure the link you draw between porn and sexual deviance is accurate, but it could be.

But if you want no chance of "freaking" catching on, then you should air some of the .. uh, "scientific" shows (study of deviant psychology I guess?) we have here.

I guess I can't go into detail, but let me just say:  I am scared of clowns forever.  Also, men who pretend to be horses (and the women who train them), and to a lesser extent, ballons.  

And I think you've both shown that the law in the US and China is different - or at least the penalty.  Same law?  I'm not so sure.

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Post time 2006-12-1 12:48:34 |Display all floors

Freaking is Not Deviant in the Sense of Being Crazy

Freaking is the fruit of a society rotting at the core, it is a symptom of irresponsibility being mistaken for freedom.

The behavior of minors is very much an emulation of that of the adults.  When the adults, in the name of enjoyment or entertainment, let porn pervade their entire living moment as in the N. Americas, why are you surprised that the young have no self control either?  

China's laws are proper for China because the Chinese leaders desire to have functional, wise, and self confident young people to take up the baton.  China does not want the new generation to emulate white trash.

What is white trash?  I heard there is a popular program, available by cable in the Americas, called "Girls Gone Wild" or some such.  I think you got the idea.  What value is the FCC promoting, you'd have to wonder.

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