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Which is worse in media, nudity or gore?

By the time the average U.S. child starts elementary school he or she will have seen 8,000 murders and 100,000 acts of violence on TV. -New Scientist, 2007

And since 2011 the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) has allowed full frontal nudity on TV(!)

What's your take on the FCC and the role it has to play when it comes to nudity and gore?

Topics: FCC Gore Nudity media

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  • Jun 18 2013: I think the FCC should not be concerned with content at all.

    What children watch in their homes is strictly the parents' responsibility.

    Nudity and gore can both be positive when appropriate. Showing war scenes without gore is wrong. When war is presented in media it should show all the gore and horror, so people can learn the reality of war and what our veterans were forced to experience.
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      Jun 18 2013: how about FCC monitoring whether a war movie has the necessary amount of gore, and if not, filmmakers must add some more
      • Jun 18 2013: No, I would prefer keeping the FCC completely powerless and mute with respect to content. I am not expressing the opinions of the FCC, just my personal opinions, and have no power to enforce them on anyone, and have no desire for any such power.

        The question implies that both gore and nudity are negative. IMO, not always.

        It seems backwards that some war movies warn the viewers about the upcoming gore (graphic content), but I have never seen a warning that the movie purposely does not represent the full horror of war. It seems that our culture would prefer our young people, including potential soldiers, to think of war as less horrible than the reality. IMO, the ethics of this situation is reversed..
      • Jun 19 2013: Krisztián,

        The FCC already makes them add blood in the vampire movies.
        So your suggestion has most likely been utilized.

        The FCC allows frontal nudity, but not of senile old men who may
        want to play a bit. The movie makers haven't expressed an opinion.

        The FCC is really just a group of young guys who party a lot.
        Heck they don't even have to pay for their theatre tickets.
    • Jun 18 2013: Barry,
      You really should have stopped with the phrase
      "Showing war scenes without gore is wrong."

      You would have been more right using...
      "Showing war scenes is wrong."

      The BIG problem is that the government and peoples
      of these United States have, since WW2, made a national
      policy of Waging Wars (preemptive Wars) upon other nation's

      A policy of the President and Congress and YOU.
      To daily Kill and Main, innocent men, women, and wee children.

      Such a Policy is WRONG. To glorify it, is a TERRIBLE WRONG.
      To ignore it, a GRIEVOUS WRONG.
      • Jun 19 2013: I agree that war is wrong. Nothing in what I stated previously can possibly be construed to mean that I condone glorifying war. In my opinion, war movies can and should show the full horror of war to teach everyone that war is evil. This is just a personal opinion, I have no power to directly affect the production of war movies.

        You have no reason to assign responsibility for a policy of the USA to me personally. I am not the dictator of the USA. What power I have is used for peace.

        By the way, your comments about war policies are off topic.
        • Jun 19 2013: Barry, you can deny being the dictator of the USA all you want.
          Even Superman denied it. That power you have really needs to
          be used for peace. Thank the Lord you are doing that. I sleep
          easier knowing you do so.

          I am sorry that I got your assignment wrong. I herein rescind any
          and all reference to your having the responsibility for a policy of
          the USA. I meant to assign you your responsibility for the Cayman
          Islands, but Al Gore gave the job to some Duke Energy guy. and
          he was bored senseless in less than 6 months.

          By the way, are you sure my comments are off topic?

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