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ERIC Number: ED081055
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Apr
Pages: 15
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The Censorship of "Maude": A Case Study in the Social Construction of Reality.
Mihevc, Nancy T.; And Others
The concept of reality held by individuals and societies can be explored by examining reactions to the censorship of the two-part television show in the "Maude" series that dealt with abortion and vasectomy. The station managements of WMBD in Peoria, Illinois, and of WCIA in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, chose not to broadcast the two "Maude" programs and thus demonstrated two aspects of communicational exchange--the censorship act was each station's declaration of its right to exercise its view of reality, and the act resulted in an increase of status for each station. The altercation which ensued between citizens and the station in Peoria raised the question of the moral right of a station management to censor program material, whereas the Champaign-Urbana controversy centered upon WCIA's legal rights. In both cases, however, status was the real issue in the arguments. Thus, consideration of such censorship cases can give insight into both how a station management's view of reality can dominate mass media and the process by which groups and individuals gain status in communicational exchanges. (CH)
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