Stuff like this pisses me off no end. Now the government thinks it must regulate violent content on TV in the name of protecting "the children."
Concerned about an increase in violence on television, the Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday urged lawmakers to consider regulations that would restrict violent programs to late evening, when most children would not be watching.
The commission, in a long-awaited report, concluded that the program ratings system and technology intended to help parents block offensive programs -- like the V-chip -- had failed to protect children from being regularly exposed to violence.
The V-chip didn't "fail" to protect kids. People elected not to use it because it's stupid. And that drives the federal regulators crazy. See, they tried giving you the tools to protect your children from this horrible assault on the senses, but you dropped the ball and didn't do it, so now it's up to the federal government to undertake the parenting tasks at which you failed so miserably.
“Clearly, steps should be taken to protect children from excessively violent programming,” said Kevin J. Martin, the agency’s chairman and a longtime proponent of à la carte programming. “Some might say such action is long overdue. Parents need more tools to protect children from excessively violent programming.”
For me, the most infuriating part of this whole story is that word "clearly."
"Clearly" we have to take over the task of raising your children for you, because "clearly" you miserable parents have dropped the ball by not blocking all this violent content with the V-chip.
Well frak you, Kevin. (BTW, I'm trying to work at least one BSG reference into every post these days.) If it's so damn clear to you that children need to be protected, then protect your own children as you see fit. But it's far from clear to me that the rest of us should forfeit our parental rights to a miserable bureaucrat like yourself.
Folks like you shoved the V-chip down our throats. We declined to use it because it's retarded. I know that drives you crazy, but deal with it. We're perfectly content to do our parenting the old-fashioned way, without a lot of government regulation and newfangled technology. Why don't you find something actually useful to do?
This story single-handedly inspired me to renew my membership to the ACLU. Despite their flaws, they're very good at combating idiocy such as this, and they're one of the precious few groups that's actually willing to do it.