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May 24, 2004
Disney and the Pope in Agreement: Free Speech Too Dangerous
Jeff Jarvis reports two fairly depressing news items today about major cultural forces supporting increased regulation of free speech (The Daily Stern: 24 May 2004).
Multichannel News has truly disturbing information about Disney - they are supporting the application of indecency regulation to cable (Disneys In Indecency Mix). Along with Jeff (and FCC Chairman Michael Powell before the pod people got him), I agree that it is a constitutional travesty that broadcast has fewer First Amendment protections than other media. Still, the loophole that allows regulation of broadcast wouldn't seem to apply to cable and satellite, but who knows?
As a copyfighter I sometimes joke about how Disney is evil. This time it isn't a joke. The Disney corporation is acting evilly in supporting further government regulation of media indecency.
The other cultural force supporting media regulation is the Pope, according to this report in the Scotsman (Pope Calls for Regulation of Media):
Its a task that likewise involves public institutions, called upon to enact regulatory procedures aimed at ensuring that the means of social communication are always respectful of the truth and of the common good, the pontiff said.
Why am I not surprised? And who will decide what the common good is? The Church, which has such an unblemished record?
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