Why I hear so often 'beep' in talk shows?

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  1. Qohelet

    Qohelet Active Member

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    Not sure if this is right place for this but...

    What's the thing with 'beep' ? I mean you have the best freedom of speech, right? (in America) Is it even necessary?

    I'm reading Iain M Banks 'Surface detail' and he's style is kinda raw (lot of swear words, etc). First I was thinking "he's from America" (he's actually scotish), because I see same style in some US movies / TV series. Movies / TV series are beep-free territory, but somehow it's bad if it's (f-words etc) in talk shows. What's the logic behind that?

    Beep sounds are really annoying and I can't think how it's any good for audience. What's the purpose of beeping? Who's benefiting from that? Right reaction should be like 'oops, ugly word came out, but our superior tech covered that just fast enough, so smart & nice' ?

    I think beeping is just silly.
     
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    Because at heart were still a bunch of puritans who cant handle hearing certain words so our oh so delicate sensibilities have to be protected /s
     
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    Lil Mike Well-Known Member

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    In the US, it's not really a free speech issue. On air television is regulated by the FCC, because the stations don't "own" the actual airwaves they are using; they are considered public. So the government can actually regulate content since it's the government's airwaves. Cable channels however, are not broadcast over air so are not regulated by the FCC. In theory they can play just about anything. There is plenty of swearing on cable TV shows. They are limited only by audience and shareholder outrage.
     
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    Supposedly, it's to protect children from vulgar language. I don't know what good that's doing though.

    Further, the audience (in person) does NOT hear the beep. It is usually edited for television due to the FCC regulations.

    Funny aside: I'm from Chicago so decided to go on the Jerry Springer Show (in the audience; not a guest) and the show was so awful that it was never aired. I'm still traumatized by it. LOL
     

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