Communication and Ethics: SOC284
Lecture Four: Jan.26.2011
THE PRODUCTION CODE: 1930
The motion pictures producers and distributors of America imposed it, in order to
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
They cannot have a characteristic which will lead the audience to
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
Natural Law—religious principles
You cannot have sympathetic criminal within the video.
You cannot have someone who is forced into prostitute due to social
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
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
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