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09:36 pm - on prurience and prudishness... (and a little about pictures)

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[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: December 29th, 2005 - 01:50 pm (Link)
I think its slightly more complicated than that, but not much. A certain amount of infrastructure needs to exist in order to make a goverene society run smoothly. For instance, I am not against the FCC. In fact, I think its an important body. The regulation of frequency assignment to different broadcasters (and enforcement against those who might broadcast outside of their assigned or without an assigned frequency) is an invaluable service to make broadcast media work at all. Similarly, I actually don't have a problem with paying a moderate amount of tax to the government. I think the tax law needs to be reformed in a bunch of different ways. But in principal I think its a good idea.

I don't even have a problem with community standards. To an extenty, anyway. If you don't want your kids watching something in your house. Or you don't want them having sex or doing drugs or eating Cheerios. Well, then basically it sucks to be your kid, but I think that's the right of the parent. If a group of parents wants to go in and buy land on a couple city blocks where they agree not to allow the porn, sex, drugs or cheerios, and they put up a gate around it and won't rent that land to anyone who doesn't agree to their terms, that's ok too. But in the PTC/FCC case, they've gone beyond that, because the community at large HASN'T agreed. Its clear that 99.98% of the complaints come from a group that claims one million members (the PTC has been caught in lies before about their membership and affiliates). Even if that's accurate, and even if every member agrees down the center with the PTC party line, then that means that 99.98% of the FCC complaints come from 0.3% of the US population. Three out of every THOUSAND. That's it! So really. FUCK THEM! The vast majority of us, 99.7% either like what we're hearing or simply don't care at all. And if that's the case, then there should be no law prohibiting it. That's my main point. If it were even 51% of the population I'd say they had a point. If it were even 10%, I'd say "well at least listen to what they have to say, even if we're not going to legislate for them." But its not. It's a third of a percent.

Fuck them!

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