Congress had given the Federal Communications Commissions (FCC) certain amount of power, many would argue that the FCC was given too much power. The Federal Communications Commissions was created under the Communications Act of 1934 to regulate foreign and domestic communications, and under this act, the FCC is to benefit everyone and to strengthen the national defense by asserting authority into foreign and interstate communications. (“Communications Act of 1934” 1) While this law had involved a number of people, some would question their views on this matter. Professor Robert Garmon, at Dongbai University, China, questions the idea of authority on what is said in the media. In Garmong’s essay, “Why We Need to Abolish the FCC”, he claimed that the no one has the authority to violate our individual rights (Garmong 1). Garmong’s article surrounds individual rights, but does not look take into account other views.
Garmong’s main point is on the FCC’s violation against the First Amendment, mainly, he describes how, in the past, men were only allowed to speak well of the government. Then when America had passed the Bill of Rights, people were allowed to speak freely of any issue, with the amendments guaranteeing the freedom of expression, speech and press. With both the FCC and the Bill in the public, many have argued that the FCC trespasses freedom of speech. Ignoring this freedom, others would also argue on how the FCC does not have the authority to assert its power within the public domain. Garmong had then raised the topic of “indecency”, he explains how the FCC cannot regulate what is said on the air due to the fact that individual voices are a part of the First Amendment. Garmong also reminds the reader about how Galileo, w...
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...armong’s article, it is implied that the FCC is looked upon as a negative however, there are some benefits, such as safer communities. Garmong had overlooked certain topics, but had provided several strong instances supporting his view. Congress had given the FCC power, perhaps too much, but they were unaware that they created some trouble, violating the First Amendment. Nevertheless, the Federal Communications Commissions retains plenty of power to correct certain wrongs such as the “wardrobe malfunction” (Garmong 1). Garmong had forgotten other views regarding the FCC, positive or negative.
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