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June 19th, 2004

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Last week's installment of This American Life dealt with propriety. A synopsis from the website:
Once upon a time there were clear rules for the right things to do and the right things to say. These days, it's not so clear. This week: a woman meets a dashing man and follows all the rules of polite society, while he decides to break them. A Republican mingles with some friendly liberals ... and pays dearly. And what's the right thing to say on the public airwaves? The FCC is basing some recent decisions on two principles - that nasty words hurt kids, and that kids don't know the nasty words - neither of which turns out to be true. (Read the fascinating landmark FCC decision that's changing the rules, and the ACLU's Petition for Reconsideration.)


I listened to it last week, and I would have posted about it then, but the show was not yet archived and available for anyone who hadn't heard it on the radio. Little kids are asked what they thought of Bono's "fucking brilliant" comment, and there is some discussion of the "controversy."

It's worth a listen.
 
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From:achtungbaby0486
Date:June 20th, 2004 11:08 am (UTC)
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The ACLU's argument is really really really strong. Even if I didn't want to take Bono's side in this (which I of course naturally want to), I would have still been won over by the thoroughness of the ACLU's argument. *applauds*

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