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The industry usually responded that the total impact on society and its youth from all the media was immeasurable, so it would be unfair to blame the trouble only on the motion picture. Further, film education (now the domain of several college programs) was never actively supported to raise the standards of the young audience, despite enormous amounts of money spent on public relations. The best the industry did was to introduce in 1968 a Code and Rating Program, in which "0" and "OP" rated films could generally be seen by the entire public and "R" and "X" were restricted to adults.
By natural law is understood the law which is written in the hearts of all mankind, the great underlying principles of right and justice dictated by conscience. By human law is understood the law written by civilized nations. ), national feelings, titles, and cruelty to animals. It would be correct to say that although the treatment of certain subjects should perhaps be moral and meaningful, it should not on the other hand depict life as an unnatural, vicarious experience. This, indirectly, was what the code was doing and trying to do, thus frequently robbing the audience of an encounter with its own environment and conditions.
Hays, former Postmaster General in President Harding's cabinet. With the growing clamor caused by angry censorship boards across the land which didn't always agree with the medium's increasingly sophisticated ways, the industry was finally prevailed upon to adopt a code of morals in 1930. The production code was written by a Jesuit, Daniel Lord, and a trade journalist, Martin Quigley; both were Roman Catholics. After the code (which was voluntary) went unheeded for a few years, the Production Code Administration (PCA) was set up to handle affairs more efficiently as an enforcement agency.