Wednesday, July 14, 2010
An Appeals Court has struck down the Federal Communications Commission's indecency policy, calling it a violation of the First Amendment. That is a good thing. It was silly having the government police language that erupted on the air. On the other hand, there is a tendency to push limits, so it could lead to a decline in civility and more expletives. This, in turn, could lead families to abandon network TV. It is a PR challenge for the networks. How much do they dare tolerate before they upset viewers? It will be interesting to watch how the use of expletives evolves. Look for intrepid producers to write some into their dramas and for celebrities to vent on talk shows. Then, watch the public's reaction. Network executives will be observing as well.