Well, I agree that the government should not step in and censor the radio, television, internet, or anything else, but on the other hand, content providers can and should limit what they show on their networks, if the people on the receiving end generally do not wish to see or hear those things. If an "artist" is being deliberately offensive and provocative in order to get attention and stir up media controversy, you don't have an obligation to put up with that crap or have it broadcast in your house or car. One does not need to be exposed to every sort of idiotic and offensive point of view in art and culture on the radio any more than one needs to be exposed to Communists and Holocaust deniers in mainstream political debate. Now, if you want to watch trash, more power to you, but it doesn't make you a better person, and it doesn't make any given network any worse to block certain things from being shown on it, if those things have no redeeming value.
Yes of course, there's a lot of trash. But crap like that gets filtered out by most stations anyway. Of course, the companies that own the radio, tv and internet stations that broadcast the music, will not play trash.
I mean, for example a band like Torsofuck. ( With great singles like Raped by elephants /sarcasm ) First of all, they're not getting played on music stations because the companies will get lots of complains if they will. Secondly, their music needs to be good. ( Which it isn't, if you wondered )
My point is, just being controversial or provocative won't get you anywhere. The only way to get noticed by a lot of people ( If you don't have a stage from which you can start ) is by actually having some sort of point and make decent art.
The only way someone will find out about pure trash, is if you go looking for it.
And children do learn from what they see on television or hear on the radio, especially if their parents don't do anything to counteract it and give them proper messages. I'm no Tipper Gore-esque moral crusader, but that's pretty obvious if you've ever heard a four-year-old running around screaming curse words that he picked up somewhere. Parents need to be able to censor certain materials because there are some things that children simply shouldn't watch until they are mature enough to handle them properly.
I agree with that. Of course there are boundaries there, but that's the responsibility of the parents, or present adult.
Basically, I'm not in favor of this ever-coarser, ever-looser, ever more permissive society that we seem to be moving towards. I'm not a social conservative; I don't believe that any sort of non-aggressive behaviors ought to be banned, but there's a wide gap between legally banning something and having it totally accepted by society on all levels. Liberty does not mean freedom from the consequences of being an idiot, and one of those consequences should be societal censorship of those who seem not to know what is appropriate to discuss in public and what isn't, or whose views are completely moronic. And that's not to say I don't find things like Southpark amusing sometimes, but they have a certain place; that's all (although some programs simply have no place at all).
I think you're overexaggerating the consequences. But of liberty doesn't mean freedom from consequences of beign an idiot. But take in mind that art and culture is just a way of expression your opinion or emotions on a non-violent way. Expression yourself trough music, a tv show, painting, or whatever might be offensive to someone ( You're always going to offend someone if you give your opinion. ) but not harmfull. And that's a big difference. As soon as saying stupid things turns into doing stupid things, that's when the line get crossed for me.