Milestones: 14 Years Ago In Time

Once again, the U.S. is in a tizzy over raunchy doings in pop culture. When rappers and foul-mouthed comedians were the main bugaboos, TIME devoted a cover to X-RATED CULTURE.

Words and ideas formerly on the extremes have engulfed the cultural mainstream. But have they polluted it? Many people think so. The moral right wing surely does, and it has friends in powerful places. Senator Jesse Helms fights to force artists to forswear any unwholesome intentions before receiving Government support. Alfred Sikes, the new chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, leans on radio disk jockeys to clean up their acts. No...

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