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  1. Introduction
  2. The main reasons
  3. The debate over censorship
  4. Apologies by MTV and CBS
  5. Janet Jackson's breast controversy
  6. New technologies and ways of mass distributing information
  7. Changes in the views of the people
  8. The advent of cable television
  9. The main argument for censorship of television and media
  10. The conservative critics
  11. Conclusion
  12. Bibliography

From the early days of the printed word to the advent of the internet, the mass distribution of ideas has raised concerns of overexposure and censorship. Today censorship is the center of one of the most heated debates in America. Those fighting for censorship of the media and those working to protect First Amendment rights to freedom of speech and expression, walk a thin line as both sides of the argument get blurred in the middle and questions of morality, public good, personal authority, and majority opinion come into play.

[...] questions and also to ponder whether or not we will even need censorship in the future, and if we will, what could form could it possibly take on? On February the debate over censorship was given a new cause. Super Bowl XXXVIII was played at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas and aired to over 85 million homes across the U.S with an estimated 140 million viewers (Burns). MTV was in charge of the half-time show where Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake were scheduled to perform together. [...]

[...] Censorship advocates want more than family packages, they are currently pushing for a la carte channel buying where any given household can select each and every channel it receives. This could give parents the opportunity to leave channels like the Comedy Centrals and the MTVs off of their sets. Many feel that this is a more fair way of packaging television as you are not paying for the things you do not watch, but few are exploring the implications of this idea. [...]

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