Is The FCC’s Decency Crusade A Red Herring?

The raging debate over decency standards and the public airwaves has the FCC in a tizzy, and free-speech advocates up in arms. But are both sides missing the point? “Until now, the government’s censorship powers have been limited to the airwaves, on the grounds that they alone use spectrum. But with politicians left and right in a mad scramble for ‘decency,’ the increasingly flimsy technological rationale that allows the government to intrude on broadcast content is being conveniently forgotten.”

Source: Wired Magazine - 10/04