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The use of sexual expression in U.S. advertising can be traced back to the mid-1800s. Manufacturers realized early on that sensual illustrations of women attracted attention and generated sales. The general public since then, however, has had mixed feelings and often fought against the use of provocative, indecent, or even obscene imagery in ads.
Sexual expression as an attention-grabbing strategy is effective and pervasive. The boundaries continue to be pushed in popular TV sitcoms and on Netflix and YouTube, but the internet is largely an untamed territory. While it harbors adult content, the devices to limit minors’ access remain questionable.
In this discussion, consider the use of sexual expression in the media. Think about your own experience as a consumer of goods and media and the advertising campaigns you have seen that use sexual expression. Consider ads for fragrances, beauty products, undergarments, and television shows.
Use the above to answer these questions:
In your initial post, describe the challenges faced by lawmakers and organizations such as the FCC in regulating obscene and indecent content by addressing the following:
Why is defining obscenity and indecency problematic?
What are the consequences of a greater availability of obscene or indecent materials? What are individuals to make of these concerns?
In keeping with the requirements of the First Amendment, what is your assessment of the role of the government and the FCC? Do they play a necessary and appropriate role?
Please use PDF file to answer the two students back with the questions above. This is separate from the Above Post post.
In your responses to two or more peers, address the following:
What important considerations regarding the FCC and obscene and indecent content will you need to be mindful of as a professional communicator?
How do technology and changing sociocultural mores impact what is considered acceptable in the media?
How do ethics and social responsibility impact the regulation of media content?
Please use PDF file to answer the two students back with the questions above. This is separate from the initial post.