Thursday, March 03, 2005

Enough With the Censorship Already

This story, or variations on it, has been discussed on a number of blogs.

The executive summary is that Senator Stevens from Alaska is going to push for legislation to regulate cable TV and satellite radio to the same level as broadcast TV and radio. Enough is enough, I say, and I'm not the only one to think so. references the story here and makes the comment:

Something bothers this idiot so he will use his power to bring the might of the government to squash it. How childish.

Sometimes I think we were better off with my party in the minority, where they could spend their time stopping bad legislation sponsored by Democrats, rather than coming up with their own.

While clearly coming from a biased view point, it's noteworthy even such a conservative blog is critical of Stevens.

Normally I'd assume such legislation would die the death it deserves on the senate floor. But after the senate voted to increase FCC fines for indecency 99-1 last year, I'm no longer confident that censorship legislation like this won't pass in today's political climate.

You can contact Senator Stevens here. If you have the time, please let him know that there are more important things for him to be worrying about than Sex and the City. Congressman Barton in the House has said he will support the bill if it doesn't violate free speech. You can contact Congressman Barton here.

1 comment:

R said...

So this is a bit out there, but I feel it makes a related point. Salman Rushdie (of the Satanic Verses fame), said recently that:

"[...] a free and civilised society should be judged by its willingness to accept pornography [...]"