Broadcast Indecency: More Regulation Not the Answer

by on February 16, 2005

Congress is voting this week on increasing penalties for indecency on the airwaves. Heritage has just released this paper on why its a bad idea.

The conclusion: “Ultimately, the solution to offensive programming lies not with policymakers but with individual consumers and families. Parents and others unhappy with what they see on the television have available to them weapons more powerful than has any congressman. Like other businesses, broadcasters respond to their customers. Complaints to broadcasters and to the advertisers that support them can be effective. But the most powerful weapons consumers wield are their own remote controls. As conservatives know well, the best regulation comes not from government but from individuals making choices for themselves. Rather than look to Washington for answers, we should look to our own thumbs.”

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