As part of its excellent "Room for Debate" series, the New York Times has an interesting new online symposium up now asking, "Will Networks Go Wild, With No Decency Rules?" It was in response to last week's Second Circuit decision, which again slapped down an effort by the Federal Communications Commission to defend the agency's indecency enforcement regime. I was honored to be asked to contribute a short essay on the subject. Here are the other contributors and their essays. Take the time to check them out:
I wholeheartedly agree, and I wrote a lengthy law review article on just that topic back in 2007 entitled,"Why Regulate Broadcasting: Toward a Consistent First Amendment Standard for the Information Age." If you find it too boring, just watch this video I made summarizing the key points, which I called "America's First Amendment Twilight Zone."