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The essay should be 8 – 10 pages, excluding your appendix and
works cited, and have a minimum of 6 peer-reviewed, academic sources.
In your essay, you should outline the initial decision given for the
censoring of the song (ie, why was the song “banned”), describe the response, and outline
the final decision. More importantly, place your chosen case in the context of concepts
and theories relating to censorship in general and censorship of popular music in
Your paper will be assessed by the strength of your argument, the quality of writing, and
the evidence presented. You will be required to consult academic sources, and you
should perform a close read, and cite from, the primary documents listed below
In 2011, the Dire Straits’ song “Money for Nothing” was subject to a
Canada-wide radio ban following a decision by the Atlantic Regional Panel of the
Canadian Broadcast Standards Council that the song lyrics contained a homophobic slur.
Consult, at a minimum:
CBSC Report #1 Canadian Broadcast Standards Council, Atlantic Regional Panel. CBSC
Decision 09/10-0818 re: CHOZ-FM and the song “Money for Nothing” by Dire Straits,
released January 2011.
CBSC Report #2 Canadian Broadcast Standards Council, ad hoc National Panel, Review
of the Atlantic Regional Panel decision re: CHOZ-FM and the song “Money for Nothing”
by Dire Straits, released August 2011.