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Jun 27, 2011 Justices Reject Ban on Violent Video Games for Children

QUOTE: Justice Antonin Scalia, writing for five justices in the majority in the video games decision, Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association, No. 08-1448, said video games were subject to full First Amendment protection. “Like the protected books, plays and movies that preceded them, video games communicate ideas — and even social messages — through many familiar literary devices (such as characters, dialogue, plot and music) and through features distinctive to the medium...

New York Times
Jun 06, 2011 Weiner Admits He Sent Lewd Photos; Seeks Not to Resign

QUOTE: Representative Anthony D. Weiner, a rising star in Democratic politics who many believed would be the next mayor of New York City, admitted on Monday to having had inappropriate online exchanges with at least six women, and repeatedly lying....There was a striking absence of public expressions of support from his colleagues, and the House Democratic leader, Representative Nancy Pelosi of California, called for an ethics investigation into his conduct.

New York Times
Apr 19, 2011 Parents, don't dress your girls like tramps

QUOTE: Abercrombie & Fitch came under fire this spring for introducing the "Ashley," a push-up bra for girls who normally are too young to have anything to push up… It's easy to blast companies for introducing the sexy wear, but our ire really should be directed at the parents who think low rise jeans for a second grader is cute.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Jun 14, 2009 Gay Festival in China Pushes Official Boundaries (Shanghai Journal)

QUOTE: In the 12 years since homosexuality was decriminalized in China, there has been an unmistakable blossoming of gay life, even if largely underground. But official tolerance has its limits.

New York Times
Nov 05, 2007 Protesting Demeaning Images in Media

QUOTE: The rallies are taking place as civil rights leaders, cultural critics and others use the moment to debate how to represent the diversity of black life while minimizing offensive words and images. A big issue is the distinction between standards and censorship. Some charge that what Enough Is Enough does is censorship.

New York Times
Sep 01, 2007 Young Fliers See the Film, Be It PG or R

QUOTE: Critics say their anger comes as airlines, eager to cater to current tastes and acceding to more permissive standards for the entertainment media, have relaxed their rules for what they show.

New York Times
Aug 30, 2007 For Idaho Paper And Reporter, Craig Story Posed a Moral Dilemma

QUOTE: The kind of dilemma facing the Statesman has played out repeatedly in recent years as news organizations have grappled with secondhand accounts about political figures and questionable sexual conduct.

Washington Post
Jun 13, 2007 Blair Likens News Media to 'Feral Beast': British Leader Says Competition Has Pushed Press to Focus on the Sensational

QUOTE: the news media, driven by increasing competition and pressure from fast-changing technology .... "saps the country's confidence and self-belief," [Prime Minister Tony Blair] said. "It undermines its assessment of itself, of institutions, and above all, it reduces our capacity to take the right decisions in the right spirit for our future."

Washington Post
May 20, 2007 Indians Divided on Kissing A Cultural Taboo Goodbye: Debate Over Displays of Affection Mirrors Broader Differences

QUOTE: "Moral police," sometimes organized by regional Hindu nationalist parties and sometimes just vigilantes with a point of view, have been increasingly on the prowl recently. Last month, Hindu extremist mobs attacked Star TV offices in Mumbai, the cultural capital of the country, for airing a story on an interfaith couple who had eloped.

Washington Post
Apr 25, 2007 Should Game Ads Be Censored?: It's not just mature rated games that are being targeted by concerned parties such as the Parents Television Council. It's their advertising, too

QUOTE: It shouldn't come as a surprise then that commercials have become the latest target by those looking to keep mature rated titles out of the hands of children. After all, if children never hear about these "M" rated titles, they're obviously not going purchase them. Certain organizations have taken these thoughts to heart, and have tried to have ads for "M" rated banned from public transit systems.

Jan 02, 2007 Young Turn to Web Sites Without Rules

QUOTE: new Web sites like, which is building a business by going where others fear to tread: into the realm of unfiltered live broadcasts from Web cameras.

New York Times
Dec 20, 2006 In Miss USA drama, comeuppance for US 'raunch culture': The story reflects a clash between the pageant's wholesome image and a US society that glamorizes bad behavior.

QUOTE: When young women get caught acting out in inappropriate ways, as Conner did, they are in fact reflecting the culture, Ms. Levy said Tuesday in a phone interview. "We tend to vilify individuals and act like they're the cause of this when, in fact, they're a symptom," says Levy.

Christian Science Monitor
Jun 28, 2006 Girls Gone Wild Still Going Wild

QUOTE: Even after a FTC scolding and several class action lawsuits, Mantra Films, the makers of "Girls Gone Wild," are still making it difficult for consumers to cancel their subscriptions...
Jul 15, 2005 How Do Video Games Get Rated?: Warning: contains cartoon violence and partial nudity.

QUOTE: Sen. Hillary Clinton has called for an investigation of the video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas after hackers discovered a secret section of the game that depicts graphic sex acts.

Jun 02, 2005 San Francisco Owners Apologize for Offensive Training Video

QUOTE: The San Francisco 49ers issued a public apology yesterday after details of a training video shown to players last year became public. The video...contained ethnic jokes, sexually explicit material and nudity.

Washington Post
May 13, 2005 Put Smut in Its Place

QUOTE: It's not a diatribe against the porn machine or an attempt to impose one uniform set of morals on a million other people. Instead, he presents a well-supported argument about how much sexually explicit content is forced on us each day.

Nov 14, 2004 On 'Moral Values,' It's Blue in a Landslide

QUOTE: It's in the G.O.P.'s interest to pander to this far-right constituency - votes are votes - but you can be certain that a party joined at the hip to much of corporate America, Mr. Murdoch included, will take no action to curtail the blue culture these voters deplore.

New York Times
Aug 24, 2004 Sex-Film Industry Threatened With Condom Requirement

QUOTE: ...letter last week to 185 producers and publishers of pornographic material, advising sex performers to adopt "harm-reduction procedures" like using condoms or face the chance that the Legislature will "exercise its authority to mandate more stringent actions."

New York Times
May 14, 2004 Hiding the Paper: A First for a Journalist

QUOTE: These images, if they weren't journalism, would be pornography.

Poynter Online
May 04, 2004 Anti-censor tool winds up censoring

QUOTE: As anybody familiar with the battles over content filters in general could tell you, this, of course, meant that Iranians were also blocked from sites having nothing at all to do with pictures of people with no clothes on - for example, sites that discuss women's health (you know, because in the minds of people who spend too much time worrying about pornography, "breast" is always a dirty word). Iranians couldn't even use the service to access any U.S. embassy sites because "embassy" contains a string that can refer to one's posterior.

Network World Fusion
May 15, 2003 Fighting Women Enter the Arena, No Holds Barred

QUOTE: ...critics like Bell Hooks, a feminist theorist, challenge the notion that the emergence of a warrior class of video game vixens is something worth celebrating. By projecting hyper-sexualized women as heartless killers in popular entertainment, real people are being sold a mixed message, she said.

New York Times
Feb 05, 2003 Prime-Time Shows Are Getting Sexier

QUOTE: ...there is more sex on television than ever before...a growing chorus of parents' groups, health professionals and even government officials...say the time has come to set new limits.

New York Times
Jan 16, 2003 Parents sue after son's nudity

QUOTE: Charles and Laura Jaramillo of West Chester have sued Brandon Margera, Jackass Productions, CKY2K Inc. and MTV Networks, alleging that the producers had no right to include their son in a commercial enterprise.

Philadelphia Inquirer