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@#%$ing Profanity

At one point the FCC, Federal Communications Commission, had a policy prohibiting the use of swear words and indecency on television. Later, brought up in court, the broadcasters argued that the revolution in technology that has brought the Internet, satellite television and cable makes even the old rules obsolete.” In 2012, the Supreme Court’s decision didn’t, however, invalidate the FCC’s ability to set indecency rules — just its ability to enforce the rules through fines and sanctions. Even so, broadcasters eventually gained more freedom to what they were allowed to air on television with a few setbacks of course.

When it comes down to it there are not one set of rules to be followed as generations grow and meanings of words change over time. If an individual finds a television show indecent or displeasing to their taste then that individual can easily flip to another channel or turn off the TV completely. The definitions of  words we have now didn’t always have the same definitions as back then. The Origin of Swear Words  provides history of where particular words originated from. Melissa Mohr also explains, as society evolves, so do our curse words. Here’s how some of the most famous ones developed–and a few new ones.

I’m not suggesting I agree with all the words that are freely expressed, but sometimes you should consider accepting how and when the word is being used. For instance, Neda Ulaby states, Seriously, if you were being attacked by zombies, you might yell out the word f- – -! But no one does on The Walking Dead.  The amount of swearing has increased and its use of a swear word is openly expressed more often. Shelley Emling writes and asks Huffington Post readers their “favorite swear words from years past”. Furthermore, there is no control of new words producing and it being the new “swear word” of the time.

Sex, Sex, Sex

Has media played a big role in encouraging sexual activity at an early age? Parts of society believe this to be true, while others disagree and claim, “that increased sex on TV could even be a positive.”

 Hal Boyd proclaims, “Studies indicate that the more teens watch sexual content on TV, the more likely they are to be involved in risky behavior.” 

I find this to be true. Many individuals, especially parents, are concerned with the influences it partakes in adolescents. Rick Nauert PhD exclaims,”Adolescents who have high levels of exposure to television programs that contain sexual content are twice as likely to be involved in a pregnancy.”

Exposure to the “perfect” environment and ideals about sex on television programs can deceive a young mind. Without properly educating adolescents of what experiences sex can come of, gaining knowledge from only media can create impulsive actions.

Psychologist Dave Walsh tells USA Today, “If I’m a 15-year-old kid and no one’s really talking to me about sex and I’m watching a lot of sex on TV, it’s not a direct, conscious decision — but over time I start to think, ‘That’s what people do. That’s the norm.” 

Sex-scenes on television have gradually increased throughout time. TIME displays The Brief History of Sex on TV, mentioning a shared bed in Bewitched to Charlie’s Angels “family-style porn”. Even then, TV had to be regulated for what was to be shown throughout different hours of the day. Michael O’Malley, Associate Professor of History and Art History, George Mason University explains the regulations televisions networks had to adhere.

However, what is considered to be overly indecent? Whatever the case, the only way an adolescent can be limited to sexual content shown on television programs is to try to monitor what they’re watching and discuss the facts of becoming sexually active. It is obvious sexual content is being exposed more publicly but, how they are exposing sexual activity is merely a fantasy most uninformative individuals would expect sex to be. With this in mind, it encourages and creates a higher chance of an adolescent to get involved with such interactions.

She’s Not Pregnant, She’s “Expecting”

The controversy, in the show I Love Lucy, is not considered a controversy in today’s aired television shows. Huffingtonpost exclaims the decision of incorporating Lucille Ball’s real-life pregnancy into the show. Furthermore, the A.V. Club presents the details and the announcement of Lucy Ricardo’s pregnancy in the show along with feedback from various writers about the show.

Photo of Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball in an episode of I Love Lucy, “Lucy is Enceinte.”

We’ve Come a Long Way from TV

Starting with only three television networks in the 60’s, TV gradually developed the exposure of social change in many television shows.

In Todd Leopold’s article, mentioning TV critic Eric Deggans, Deggans expresses, “Back then, there was a lot of TV that was created by producers who really underestimated the audience.” Also adding, “Even today’s widely popular sitcoms and dramas […] engage with real life in ways that were forbidden 50 years ago.”

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