Sex, Violence and the Media

November 17, 1995 • Volume 5, Issue 43
Is it time to crack down on TV and movies?
By Charles S. Clark


Parents, politicians and social scientists say too much violence, sex and vulgar language routinely appear in movies, television shows and recordings accessible to children. It's an age-old concern, but now the government appears ready to intervene. Congress is considering legislation that would require the broadcasting industry to create a universal ratings system for TV programs, and manufacturers to produce new TV sets with the technology to let viewers block out offensive programs. Broadcasters would have a year to create the ratings system; then the government would step in and devise the standards. The entertainment industry traditionally has resisted what it sees as censorship, but now it may be willing to respond on its own, rather than have government impose guidelines.

ISSUE TRACKER for Related Reports
Apr. 16, 2004  Broadcast Indecency
Mar. 28, 2003  Movie Ratings
Nov. 17, 1995  Sex, Violence and the Media
Feb. 19, 1993  School Censorship
Dec. 20, 1991  The Obscenity Debate
Dec. 07, 1990  Does Cable TV Need More Regulation?
May 16, 1986  Pornography
Jan. 04, 1985  The Modern First Amendment
Oct. 19, 1979  Pornography Business Upsurge
Mar. 09, 1979  Broadcasting's Deregulated Future
Mar. 21, 1973  Pornography Control
May 17, 1972  Violence in the Media
Jan. 21, 1970  First Amendment and Mass Media
Jul. 05, 1967  Prosecution and the Press
Jun. 28, 1961  Peacetime Censorship
Apr. 12, 1961  Censorship of Movies and TV
Dec. 23, 1959  Regulation of Television
Jul. 29, 1959  Control of Obscenity
Jul. 27, 1955  Bad Influences on Youth
Mar. 21, 1952  Policing the Comics
Apr. 12, 1950  Censorship of Motion Pictures
Sep. 20, 1939  Censorship of Press and Radio
Regulation and Legal Issues