Test Your Indecency IQ
Take D.C. lawyer's FCC quiz
By John Eggerton -- Broadcasting & Cable, 5/28/2006 8:00:00 PM
First Amendment attorney John Crigler knows indecency. Or at least he thinks he knows what the FCC thinks is indecent. So Crigler, of Washington law firm Garvey Schubert Barer, penned a quiz to see if broadcasters can read the minds of the FCC.
He developed his test as a handout for a legal panel on FCC regulation of content. “It immediately provoked debate, outrage and laughter—none of the usual reactions to the sonorous dronings of an attorney—so I concluded it was a good idea,” he says.
It will be more than a game if a Senate version of a bill is approved, as now seems increasingly likely. That could raise the FCC fine for guessing wrong to $325,000 per incident. If it were law and applied to a recent Without a Trace fine, the FCC haul would have totaled $30 million.
Here's just one sample question. The wrong answer could cost millions. True or false: A bare breast is more offensive than a bare butt. (For the answer, check out the entire quiz at www.broadcastingcable.com/contents/images/indecencyQ_short.pps).
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