Arizona State Senate Rejects "Dangerous" Media Content Bill
The Arizona State Senate Judiciary Committee rejected a “dangerous” media content bill as unconstitutional. The bill would give people the right to sue companies for acts of violence committed by consumers of their books, movies, video games and similar media. The disturbing part of the rejection is many representatives weren’t outraged by the violation of freedom of expression. They said the bill was too broadly defined and needed to be more specific.
According to the Arizona Republic:
Saying they had too many unanswered questions, members of a state legislative panel on Monday snuffed out a proposal that would make companies financially liable for creating or distributing books, movies and other media that eventually led to a serious crime.
Sen. Ken Cheuvront (D) had this to say about his vote against the measure:
[Makers of movies depicting rape] are atrocious in what they create. But at the same time this bill is so broad based, we have to be careful about unintended consequences.
Ultra conservative alarmist need not worry. Bill sponsor, Rep. Warde Nichols (R), plans reintroduce a more concisely-written version of bill in 2009. He told the Arizona Republic:
At the end of the day, companies will have to stand before their customers and shareholders and explain why they are OK with the production and distribution of violent, forced, non-consensual sex acts.
It never ceases to amaze me how far we’ve come technologically and how little we’ve advanced socially in comparison.In some cases it looks like people want to move back towards the dark ages.
Everyone get your torches, marsh mellows and weenies. There’s gonna be a book burning in Arizona.
via Game Politics