An Evaluation of the Federal Communications Commission's 2007 Report on TV Violence

Author: Wright, Paul

Source: The Communication Review, 1 April 2009, vol. 12, no. 2, pp. 174-186(13)


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At the behest of 39 members of the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Energy and Commerce, in 2007 the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a report that addressed the effects of violent television on children, the constitutionality of various strategies for regulating children's exposure to violent television content, and the viability and benefit of a congressionally developed definition of excessively violent television programming. This review evaluates how well the FCC carried out the tasks assigned to it by Congress, particularly in regards to the FCC's assessment of the social scientific research on the effects of exposure to televised violence.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Department of Communication, University of Arizona,

Publication date: April 1, 2009

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