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Can They Say That On Television Yes they can and increasingly they do The days of television being highly regulated pure and decent may be over It looks as if the ever-shifting rules governing whats OK to say on television are made to be broken The amount of violence vulgarity and sexual content that can be found at 800 PM or afterwards this year on television is unprecedented in the history of broadcasting Aucion 1999 Many people wonder how television could have sunk to such a low level of glorifying violence embracing vulgar language and expanding sexual content in current programming Most viewers are troubled more by violence on TV than by profanity or sexual content especially after being woken up by the Columbine High School tragedy in Colorado Vulgar language is being embraced faster than we think There are dirty words and plenty of them on prime-time TV Pennington 1999 Prime time is also saturated with sex more explicitly than ever Lusty scenes partial nudity free discussions of issues like the presidents oral sex all show the medias general relaxation of sexual guidelines There are a fews subtle influences contributing to the loosening of broadcast content on television including staff cutbacks which reduce departments responsible for enforcing programming standards network executives who compete to attract the most talented writers by allowing more creative leeway writers who resist the shackles placed upon them while competing against pay-TV shows which operate under virtually no content-restrictions LA Times 91999 However the more pertinent reasons for televisions increasing boldness in language violence and sexuality involve societys steadily increasing overall permissiveness in each of those areas The answers to how television got so vulgar can be seen by looking at three main facts First of all the standards of what is considered permissible in the media are changing at the same rate as our overall cultural permissiveness rises Writers want to depict current true-to-life pictures of what
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