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May 16, 2007

People Against Censorship

Filed under: mental notes — fohat @ 10:32 pm

The recent firings and suspensions of on-air radio talent have been very unsettling. I had a discussion today about these events with some friends who are not familiar with either radio duo. This morning I joined People Against Censorship (P.A.C.), which is championing the cause against silencing free speech in the media.

I think it’s important to realize that this country seems to be turning away from the very principles it was founded on, in the guise of “higher standards” and similar straw man arguments. When I hear about radio talent that make “fried lice” jokes and get fired I just have to cringe. Why are people actively listening to something to see if they can be offended by it and complain? Is it the publicity, do they feel some kind of power trip by getting people fired? Should I go to where they work and see if they do something that offends me, and then picket outside to get them fired?

Should I? I Should? Ok then!

People Against Censorship

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2 Comments »

  1. The firings aren’t silencing free speech at all. Radio stations are private companies who can hire and fire whom they wish. It is their right. It is also the right of individuals to protest and boycott companies if they feel they are being unethical. You might not think what they said is offensive enough ( I don’t ); but the radio business is about reputation. If a station has a bad reputation, sponsors won’t want their commercials airing on that station (its an implicit statement of support for the station). To appease their sponsors, they fire the offending talent.

    Comment by Ed — June 6, 2007 @ 12:50 pm

  2. Ed, that is the point many people are trying to make; you say sponsors will not support stations with a bad rep. Th thing is XM is not corporate sponsored, and people (IE – O & A) ar suspended for excersising their first amendment rights, and by wich they were suspended for 30 days! X is sponsored by the consumer, and i dont pay 40 dollars a quarter to have an xL channel censored. Another issue is the fact that people are warde every break with a seeper stating that XM 202 is a xL channel and does contain swearing, and one may block the channel if they choose. Another idea that I had, is there are 200 and some change channels on XM, if you dont like what on 202 or whatever, change it, there is another 200 some channels! See ya!

    Comment by Chunk — June 19, 2007 @ 9:47 pm


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