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Deciding What We Watch: Taste, Decency and Media Ethics in the UK and the USA [Paperback]

Colin Shaw

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1 Jun 1999 0198159366 978-0198159360
The recent history of broadcasting on both sides of the Atlantic, characterized by a great increase in the number of services on offer to the public, has been brought about by technological advances and economic pressures. This has inevitably affected traditional forms of content regulation. The book explores the moral basis and history of such regulation as it has until now been applied to major issues of taste and decency. These include the protection of children, obscenity and bad language, offences against religious sensibility, `reality' television, and stereotyping.

What Should We Watch? considers the different constraints (in the law, cultural customs, and self-regulation) affecting broadcasters in the two societies and the means by which they have responded to them. The book describes, with examples, the operations of compliance regulations and standard controls. It also looks at the impact of the First Amendment on American broadcasting in this area. It looks at the arguments for the practicality of maintaining appropriate forms of restraint into the future.

What Should We Watch? poses the question of how divided and diverse societies decide what is permissible to broadcast and how the issue might continue to evolve in the future.

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makes a valuable contribution to the existing literature on the regulation of the media industries in the UK and the USA. The book offers an illuminating insider's view on media regulation, a perspective that is often missing from academic accounts. The publication would be of interest to students and academics within cultural studies, people working within the media industries and lawyers working in the field. (Entertainment Law)

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Colin Don Shaw is a former broadcasting executive with the BBC and the Independent Broadcasting Authority and is a visiting scholar at Duke University, North Carolina

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