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"Of course, no one wants censorship..." - Elf M. Sternberg
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"Of course, no one wants censorship..."
.. but you must not be allowed to see, hear, or read certain things, even if you have buy them, even if you have to go to some length to acquire them, because there's the off-chance that a child might see, hear, or read those things. You might leave them lying around your house. You might leave the TV on.

Senator Ted Stevens (R-AK) is proposing that the FCC's regulation of broadcast standards (which is predicated on the notion that the airwaves are a limited good that the public grants to private interests only so long as the public good is served) be extended to private and for-pay network services such as cable, satellite, and internet.

Because, y'know, households that buy cable don't really know what they're buying, and Americans are too stupid to use the v-chip features on their boxen. For the record, Omaha and I have turned on the v-chip limiter on our television system, and have put all of the adult material out of reach of little fingers for now. (By "adult" I mean things like The Lord of the Rings and Spiderman and Heavy Metal; we have surprisingly little video smut.)


TiVo annoyance: Although the V-chip limiter prevents Kouryou-chan from watching shows outside the parameters we've set, it allows her to delete them. She hasn't done it yet, but it just seems to me to be a really bad design decision to make the access issue come up only when trying to view the show, rather than when manipulating the index entry.

Current Mood: shrill
Current Music: Miz, Confusion

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mundens From: mundens Date: March 3rd, 2005 01:54 am (UTC) (Link)
If you're feelin' shrill, here's a little something a friend pointed out that might make you go hyper-shrill. (sorry, Omaha!)

Don't write stories about zombies, it's illegal

Forewarned is forearmed and all.
From: (Anonymous) Date: March 3rd, 2005 08:14 pm (UTC) (Link)

Airwaves

the airwaves are a limited good that the public grants to private interests only so long as the public good is served

Not to disagree with you in the least, but strictly speaking the license/charter issured to a broadcaster is so long as the public interest is served. Broadens it a bit in my view (and therefore makes it all the more contentious, I guess)

'Aaron'
Former broadcast engineer
aaron-eton@swbell.net
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