As candidates throw their hat in the ring and gear up for the presidential election, there's going to be a lot of talk about the need to "protect the children" from damaging influences in the media. Several candidates on both sides of the aisle favor some sort of measures to regulate television violence, while at the same time, the FCC is expected to release a damning report about violence in the media. The fact that the candidates are coming back to this incredibly tired theme is really evidence of a lack of new ideas on their part. Furthermore, while many, such as FCC chairman Kevin Martin, like to talk about "family values", it seems rather anti-family for the government to usurp parents of their responsibilities. In case regulating free speech doesn't go over too well, a renewed push for a la carte cable, which would allow parents to choose only the channels they want, could come, although it presents some problems of its own. Ultimately, the best solution would be for parents to teach their kids good decision making, and if that doesn't work, there's no law against cancelling the cable.
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