Dirty Discourse: Sex and Indecency in Broadcasting
April 2008, Wiley-Blackwell
Written from a social and cultural perspective, Dirty Discourse concentrates on the means of greatest distribution – radio, with its phenomenal growth of 'shock jocks' and rap music lyrics, and provides coverage of television and the Internet. The book shows how and why broadcasting has evolved from the ribald antics of the Roaring 20's to today’s streaming cybersex, contrasting the standards and actions of the FCC v. the First Amendment amidst the over-the-air and in-the-court battles of over-the-top radio. It examines political pressures and legal considerations, including Supreme Court decisions, and efforts to protect children from media smut.
1. I Can't Define It, But...
2. How Many Dirty Words?.
3. Crock Jocks to Shock Jocks.
4. Strange Music Fills the Air...
5. You Have to Pay to Play.
6. Crass, Brass, and Alas.
7. Tit for Tat.
8. Speak the Speech
Michael C. Keith is a professor in the Communication Department at Boston College and author of numerous journal articles and over 20 books on electronic media. Dr. Keith is past Chair of Education for the Museum of Broadcast Communications. This is Hilliard and Keith’s seventh co-authored book, including the 1999 President’s Annual Booklist selection, Waves of Rancor: Tuning in the Radical Right, and The Broadcast Century: A History of American Radio and Television.