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ERIC Number: ED125033
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976
Pages: 15
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Freedom and Censorship in Dramatic Television Writing.
Blum, Richard A.
The television writer's creative expression is limited by executive forces, conflicting philosophies, and restrictive regulations. In a 1972 poll by the Writer's Guild Committee on Censorship, it was revealed that an overwhelming majority of television writers felt personally censored by the industry. Although the success of character comedies such as "All in the Family" has opened up some channels for dramatic realism, the Department of Broadcast Standards and Practices and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) still exert tremendous pressure over such controversial aspects as violence and language. The "family hour" concept, a case in point, has adversely affected the development of television realism. Perhaps the most insidious form of censorship, that which is self-imposed, is also the result of restrictive policies. If freed from constraints, writers would not inundate the networks with violence or pornography. Rather, they might provide a broad spectrum of mood, style, and content. (KS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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