Via fair.org.( more )
Oh No! There May Be More Political Cartoons On the Internet!
April 11, 2006 @ 6:41 am
Filed under: Free Speech
Via The Daily Kos.( more )
Campus Codes Against Free Speech
LA Times( more )
Big Brother Is Watching from Unmanned Aircraft
March 30, 2006 @ 6:41 am
Filed under: Government
Via CNET.( more )
FEC Rules for the Internet
Article by Zachary A. Goldfarb and Thomas B. Edsall.( more )
“Young Turks” Internet-Only TV
March 20, 2006 @ 7:20 am
Filed under: General
From the LA Times.( more )
Soon You Can Watch “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” Without Cable
Quotes Reuters article.( more )
Rupert Murdoch Opposes ‘A La Carte’ TV Channel Model
Via AP.( more )
Fairness on the Internet (Sticky Post, Newer Posts Below)
Net Neutrality( more )
Bush Administration Wants Google’s Data
Bush Justice Dept.( more )
Advertising Disguised as Graffiti
By Sony.( more )
Another Seattle Critic on the Imperfection of the “a la Carte” Model
Meanwhile, another Seattle critic explores the problems inherent in the “a la carte” cable programming model being advocated by the PTC and others.
Melanie McFarland of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer echoes my feelings; a la carte may look like the perfect solution to the indecency fanfaronade conducted by Brent Bozell, but it’s not.
Recently, the Federal Communications Commission, […]
Salon on Family Tiering
Salon.com joins just about every other major publication today in discussing the cable industry’s announcement that it will begin offering family-friendly programming packages.
Kevin Martin took the helm of the Federal Communications Commission this March with a clear mission: to crack down on basic cable’s most violent, vulgar and scantily clad programs. Time and again, […]
TV Big Wigs Meet Privately to Discuss Indecency
December 6, 2005 @ 11:51 am
Filed under: Indecency
U.S. television and cable industry representatives met on Monday to try to address concerns about racier shows and head off possible government regulations, two sources familiar with the talks said.
The meeting included a discussion on how to deal with confusion over different rating systems for television shows and movies, which advocacy groups have complained […]
Government Parenting: Real Parents Say “Thanks, but No Thanks”
November 30, 2005 @ 2:41 pm
Filed under: Parents
A new study has found that the overwhelming majority of parents — though concerned with what their kids watch — don’t want the government policing or dictating television content.
From the Hollywood Reporter:
According to the survey done by Russell Research for TV Watch, a whopping 81% of American TV watchers worry about the kinds of programs […]
Showdown at the FCC Corral
As Chris Zammarelli told you earlier, some strange music has been emanating from FCC songbird (and Chairman) Kevin Martin.
Chris pointed to a report of a report stating that Kevin Martin had come out in favor of “a la carte” cable” programming. (It’s not the first time Martin has pushed for a la carte — he’s […]
Washington Post Examines Indecency Fines
I’m a bit late to the party on this one, owing to a long-ish trip without web access. Last week, the Washington Post’s Frank Ahrens released a mini-study of the FCC’s historical approach to indecency fines.
Ahrens and a researcher combed through the FCC’s docket, organizing data pertaining to the Commission’s 92 proposed fines according to […]
Hong Kong Man Sent to Jail for Sharing Three Movies
Three month sentence.( more )
TV Columnist Reams PTC
October 24, 2005 @ 11:45 am
Filed under: PTC
Ah, I love it when people stand up to the Bozellians.
Here’s Vince Horiuchi of the Salt Lake Tribune:
Every year, the self-righteous Parents Television Council lists the top 10 best and worst shows on television for families. Fox got spanked this year.
According to the list, released last week, six of the top 10 worst shows were […]
Patricia Schroeder Opposes Google Scanning Books
Visitors to Google would be able to find books by searching their text.( more )
Downloading TV Shows
October 16, 2005 @ 6:20 am
Filed under: Media Watch
Apple Computer and Walt Disney deal for iPod.( more )
October 15, 2005 @ 5:42 pm
Filed under: Media Watch
Michael Moore movie.( more )
Martin Urges a la Carte Cable Programming, Consumer Choice
Speaking at a conference of investors in North Carolina yesterday, Kevin Martin reiterated his support of “a la carte” cable programming.
Communications companies should give customers the power to avoid content they consider indecent, the industry’s chief regulator said Monday at Charlotte’s Westin Hotel.
New technology and flexible packaging, such as allowing people to choose the […]
FCC’s Abernathy Muddies the Waters
October 6, 2005 @ 4:25 pm
Filed under: FCC
Republican FCC Commissioner Kathleen Abernathy addressed a gathering of Indian telecom professionals in Mumbai yesterday. Mumbai (formerly Bombay) is the home of India’s prolific Bollywood filmmakers, and has recently been engaged in a fierce battle for moral purity on the big screen, airwaves, and on advertisements.
It’s interesting, then, what Abernathy had to say to […]
Online Restaurant Guide Too Racy for Northwestern University
September 29, 2005 @ 12:53 pm
Filed under: Free Speech?
The student government of Northwestern University is taking heat for the university’s online restaurant guide.
The online guide provides starving students with menus and gustatory commentary from their peers.
However, during a recent hearing on local liquor licensing, Evanston aldermen expressed contempt for the student-run website. Their complaints centered on [gasp!] foul language expressed by the […]