Viacom has settled with the FCC and agreed to pay out a cool $3.5 million in fines for charges of indecency on Howard Stern’s show and others.
This is another victory for those seeking to limit free expression and merge religious values with secular ones. But there’s more to it than that. The size of these fines effectively prices small broadcasters out of the market. The raising of the level of the fines was meant to create a deterrent for conglomerates (and to throw a bone to the religious right). But the truth is that the major players may be better off (and they’re already well off) in a world with higher fines.
But small players are not. And neither are you.