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I agree, it is a very nice banner.

 

It just depends on where you come from, I suppose. Americans, for example, are both quite Puritan in personal morals, but have no problem watching racy sex scenes on TV; in a way it is hypocritical. But, seeing a topless girl at work, well, it may actually be harmless as it is above, but considering a quarter of all pornography is watched at the work place, an office manager or co-workers are quite on the lookout for such things, either because of their own moral views or simply because they think you might be frittering away your work time on less than appetizing things.

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It just depends on where you come from, I suppose. Americans, for example, are both quite Puritan in personal morals, but have no problem watching racy sex scenes on TV; in a way it is hypocritical.

 

Do you know how that kind of attitude/culture could come into existence?

 

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Honestly, I'm still trying to understand it. It is an odd phenomenon, since, although it sounds funny, a lot of people have sex in America, from their teenage days (not me, fortunately/unfortunately). But there is something about full-blown nudity in public and in the media which is frowned upon; you can wear very seductive clothing, but once certain parts are shown, all hell breaks loose. Then again, there's also an overkill once you cross over into cable TV; even even I get sick of seeing nudity every five minutes when I watch a historical drama or watch a movie nowadays just because people like Henry VIII actually did more than just screw their mistresses. I think it's just something which is ingrained in the American character.

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Indeed, I believe it is a peculiarity to Americans.

 

It's been said that the country was founded by criminals and religious zealots.

 

I find it all completely absurd. Nudity and sex are completely natural and I think we'd all be better off if they weren't treated like some horrible thing to be hidden and ignored...outside of cable TV.

 

I am not in the least offended by the banner - but no one in this country, unless self-employed, can really feel completely safe having such a thing on their computer at work.

 

I think it's stupid, but there it is.

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Then again, there's also an overkill once you cross over into cable TV; even even I get sick of seeing nudity every five minutes when I watch a historical drama or watch a movie nowadays just because people like Henry VIII actually did more than just screw their mistresses. I think it's just something which is ingrained in the American character.

 

I find it all completely absurd. Nudity and sex are completely natural and I think we'd all be better off if they weren't treated like some horrible thing to be hidden and ignored...outside of cable TV.

 

Why is there such a difference in the United States between "ordinary TV" and Cable TV?

 

 

 

 

 

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I believe it is because cable provided the outlet for more adult programming than ordinary (or as we call it 'basic') TV. As with movies in the U.S., there was a strict code on appearance and language for TV during the 1950s and 60s. There was a breakthrough during the 1970s due to the exploration of racial, gender, and sexual questions and movements; however, as the radicalism of the 60s and 70s receded, there was a return to more traditional programming. Cable entered into this void in the late 1970s, and because it was private, it was here that you could have bull-blown nudity, sex, cursing, an so forth. Also, the reason why TV is so regulated is due to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) which regulates what can be shown of television.

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Cable entered into this void in the late 1970s, and because it was private, it was here that you could have bull-blown nudity, sex, cursing, an so forth. Also, the reason why TV is so regulated is due to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) which regulates what can be shown of television.

 

The Federal Communications Commission has no power to regulate cable TV?

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Oh it does, cable TV is censored as well; there is a difference between "basic" cable, which shows more violence and has some swearing, and channels like HBO, Showtime, and so forth which actually show uncensored material.

 

And those channels are allowed to show uncensored material by the Federal Communications Commission?

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Because those channels can only be viewed by purchasing cable and by a second purchase, the idea is that you are paying for the ability to see what many others cannot. Thus you are consenting to seeing more racy material.

 

Would it be possible for the Federal Communications Commission to outright ban all racy material from all media?

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It is possible, in theory. But the Supreme Court would most likely overturn such action due to the First Amendment.

 

Have the rules that the Federal Communications Commission has set ever been legally challenged?

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I'm not really an expert of rulings of the FCC or censorship. I remember one famous incident in the 1970s when the Supreme Court upheld the FCC's ruling that comedian George Carlin's "Seven Dirty Words" routine could not be shown on TV because it deliberately attempted to challenge censorship, ironically enough. I'm sure there are many examples of challenges, but I just know tiny bit what the FCC does.

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Have the rules that the Federal Communications Commission has set ever been legally challenged?

 

Yes, but it seems to change with each FCC chairperson and Supreme Court appointment.

 

But the new banner is very nice, though probably perhaps NSFW (Not Safe for Work) regardless of where you work in most countries (save for those of you that live in more libertine countries).

 

OOC: Wow, I just ate a whole bag of Doritos. I really need to stop buying these stupid chips, but they are sooo addicting.

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