Know Hope . . . and Expletives

While everyone is running around worrying about that little election thing today, the Supreme Court will hear oral argument in FCC v. Fox Television Stations, considering the FCC’s policy on “fleeting” or “isolated” expletives in broadcasting. Officially, FCC v. Pacifica and the constitutional lunacy of the entire project of regulating indecent speech is not on the table. But, hey, today is a day for hope.

To that end, let me recommend this Atlantic essay by psychologist Steven Pinker. And this needs no introduction:

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5 Responses

  1. Anon says:

    Um, this is fucking brilliant.

  2. Anon. says:

    Um, this is fucking brilliant.

  3. Aaron says:

    I take it you either believe that there is no such thing as indecent speech, or if there is, it is not constitutionally regulable. In other words, regulating indecent speech would be “constitutional lunacy.”

  4. Howard Wasserman says:

    The latter. It is a category of speech that is constitutionally protected (at least as to adults). I suppose it might be regulable, if anyone could come up with a meaningful justification for regulating it *only on broadcast* and in no other medium.

  5. Howard Wasserman says:

    The latter. It is a category of speech that is constitutionally protected (at least as to adults). I suppose it might be regulable, if anyone could come up with a meaningful justification for regulating it *only on broadcast* and in no other medium.