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Communication and Ethics: SOC284 Lecture Four: Jan.26.2011 1 THE PRODUCTION CODE: 1930 The motion pictures producers and distributors of America imposed it, in order to avoid governmental censorship, voluntarily formulates and adopts the production code. General Principles of the production code: 1. No picture should be produced which may reduce ones moral standard. Eg: Maternal sex, crime, deviance, ect. The production had a conservative representative If a person is a bad guy within the movie, they must be bad to the core. They cannot have a characteristic which will lead the audience to sympathize with them. 2. Correct standards of life, subject only to the requirements of drama and entertainment shall be presented. 3. Law, natural or human shall not be ridiculed, nor shall sympathy be created for violation. Natural Lawreligious principles You cannot have sympathetic criminal within the video. You cannot have someone who is forced into prostitute due to social conditions. 4. Particular Applications of the production code i. Revenge in modern times shall not be justified ii. Excessive and lustful kissing, lustful embraces, suggestive postures and gestures are not to be shown. iii. White slavery shall not be treated The trafficking of women for sexual purposes iv. Dances which emphasize indecent movements are to be regarded as obscene vii. Sex relationships between black and white races is forbidden vi. Sex perversion or any inference to it is forbidden Many producers had to go around this. DIFFERENCES IN CENSORSHIP BETWEEN CANADA AND THE UNITED STATES Protection of free speech within the U.S is not constitutionally protected (IMPT).
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