"Obscenity" Essays and Research Papers

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From my original thoughts on obscenity, I found some similarities in the class discussion and some conflicts. However, after reading some responses, I am questioning some of the points. For example, I stated, “something must be banned if it considered so offensive to the average person…” What are the standards for an “average” person? I still believe that the FCC guideless are appropriate in regards to profanity and nudity, sex, etc. air on open public radio and television. The key here...

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Obscenity: Profanity and Nice Manners

Kurt Vonnegut’s essay “Obscenity” manages to blend together satire, personal experiences, and Vonnegut’s dark sense of comedy into an off topic but interesting experience. With lines such as “I cannot believe that Victoria herself would have suffer a moment’s genuine dismay if I had shown her the picture of my asshole which I drew for my book Breakfast of Champions.” (4) That can make you wonder whether Vonnegut is actually intellectual or more visceral as the essay lunges towards its conclusion...

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Obscenity in Indian Film

across yet another story about a magazine editor being harassed or even beaten by right wing goons, about cinemas showing the films of Deepa Mehta or Mira Nair being trashed, about Bollywood starlets or saucy models being summoned to court for obscenity or indecency, about offending books, paintings and articles being slashed and burned amid saffron flags and TV cameras. Hindi film director Mahesh Bhatt, always ready with a sound bite, went so far as to call it a “cultural emergency” (Bhatt 1998)...

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A Summary of Andrew Koppleman’s Essay ‘D Obscenity Cause Moral Harm?

A Summary of Andrew Koppleman’s Essay ‘DOES OBSCENITY CAUSE MORAL HARM?’ Koppleman’s essay attempts to look at the obscenity law what he calls the ‘obscenity doctrine’ and its usage of the phrase ‘moral harm’. He criticizes the law as he feels that it is too crude and is not workable hence it should be abandoned. Koppleman also believes that the fundamentals of the law have never really been addressed adequately and what the law seeks to protect seems to be misunderstood in some sense. Koppleman...

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Censorship and Elementary School Student

occurs often in today's society, much of which is justifiable, but in some cases is simply unnecessary. What is Obscenity? Obscenity is difficult to honestly discuss. After all, what makes a thing obscene? It is something too vague to be defined. People often see things differently. Some see obscenity in nude pictures, statues, paintings, etc. While others find less obscenity in these things. This is where the discrepancy is found between what should and should not be censored. The world...

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The Limitations of the Freedom of Speech

words, including profanity, obscenity and threats.” Jurisdictions may write statutes to punish verbal acts if the statutes are “carefully drawn so as not unduly to impair liberty of expression.” Also see What is the Fighting Words Doctrine? Libel and Slander Was the statement false, or put in a context that makes true statements misleading? You do not have a constitutional right to tell lies that damage or defame the reputation of a person or organization. Obscenity In June 1973 in Miller v....

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Argumentative Essay

have been countless lawsuits regarding pornography and art. Legally, pornography is defined as imagery that intends to create sexual arousal. The United States Supreme court has determined that the First Amendment has no effect when it regards obscenities. Where does the government draw the line at obscene? Araki Nubyoshi is a photographer who takes mostly nude portraits of women. His subjects are often, but not always, Asian. They are often portrayed as engaging in a sexual act that involves violence...

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Cyberspace in a Community

views more openly. Obscenity is often described as an offensive expression of images, actions or words that create a form of sexual nature for or toward an individual. For example one in a rural community may describe their idea of obscene material differently than one in the online community. A family living in a rural area with a higher set of morals would not appreciate a porn store in their downtown square, whereas in a small urban college town it may be more acceptable. Obscenity may have its own...

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patently offensive as measured by contemporary community standards for the broadcast medium, sexual or excretory organs or activities.” Indecent programming contains patently offensive sexual or excretory material that does not rise to the level of obscenity. The courts have held that indecent material is protected by the First Amendment and cannot be banned entirely. It may, however, be restricted in order to avoid its broadcast during times of the day when there is a reasonable risk that children...

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2 Live Crew, Decoded

business. In 1992 the American Family Association took 2 Live Crew to court in order to remove their latest single, As Nasty As They Wanna Be off the airways. “The case is the latest chapter in a national debate over local obscenity statutes and freedom of expression.”(“Obscenity or Art? Trial on Rap Lyrics Opens”) This case wanted to be used to establish the limits, no one had a clue what was actually considered as being obscene and they decided to pick on 2 Live Crew to determine it. The text was...

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