Rant: For the Sake of the Children…

I read in today’s entertainment newsfeed that the FCC wants pay TV to do more on decency. Okay, well, first of all, pay TV is really all about choosing to pay for the uncensored stuff. I like HBO shows to be straight up girtty, funny, with full on foul language and sex. I mean, I have a difficult time watching the cut-down versions of Sex and the City on KRON. Can you imaging Carrie Bradshaw or Samantha Jones not being able to say the word ‘fuck.’? It’s like an extension of the character, practically.

The whole decency for the sake of the children angers me, and I’m surprised more parents aren’t getting angrier than I am since the government is basically saying that parents aren’t doing their jobs in acting to monitor what their kids watch. We have TV ratings, we have V-Chips, we have parental controls, we have broadcast TV under a high degree of scrutiny unheard of since the late 60s. Now, premium cable is being asked to tone down? Underground TV is starting to look good to me, right now. Speaking as a former kid, I can vouch for the fact that kids are going to watch whatever they can get away with, but admittedly back in my day we didn’t have ratings or v-chips. I mean, they even make TV timers for cable boxes where you can limit the amount of time a kid can watch in any given week. I mean, I’m glad my parents couldn’t afford that little invention when I was in middle school or else I wouldn’t know the wonders of scrambled porn. 🙂

Anyway, my point is that the rest of us shouldn’t have to sacrifice on account of parents contributing to the delinquincy of their own children by not actually parenting.

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    • mattie on November 29, 2005 at 11:42

    I agree that further censorship of pay TV is wrong, but I don’t think it has anything to do with “protecting children” or poor parenting skills or whatever. The FCC is just using children as an excuse to get pay TV in line with the conservative Xtan values that many in govt. want to push on the entire country. They feel it’s their moral duty to keep us from sin, or something. But I can’t really see the current govt. giving two actual shits about children except as pawns.

    • sdragon on November 29, 2005 at 12:31

    Hear, hear!

    Well said.

    (I just woke up and can’t be more eloquent at the moment.)

    • sdragon on November 29, 2005 at 12:32

    But I can’t really see the current govt. giving two actual shits about children except as pawns.


    • dulcimeoww on November 29, 2005 at 20:05

    For all the complaints about the FCC and censorship, there’s really a simple solution staring people in the face… it’s just that most people would rather complain than use it.

    If you don’t like it… don’t buy it.

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