Senior Honors Theses

Publication Date

Spring 4-22-2014

School

Helms School of Government

Major

Government: Politics and Policy

Keywords

government, entertainment, film, video games, pornography, industry, christian, policymaker

Disciplines

American Politics | Other Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to identify the function of the federal government in regard to the various facets of the entertainment industry, including, but not limited to, the film, video games, and pornography industries. Does the United States government have the constitutional authority to regulate all forms of entertainment? If not, is it the Church’s duty to regulate the entertainment industry? How might this occur? In order to answer these questions, extensive research of secondary sources was conducted that explained of the government’s limitations via the First Amendment, as well as the entertainment industry’s effects on human beings. This thesis affirms that the government has no authority to regulate the entertainment industry, and therefore, must provide the means to allow for its effective self-regulation. The research presented provides valuable insight as to the entertainment industry’s possible adverse influence on violence, rape, and divorce, and the government’s function in the private sector regarding entertainment.

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