America To Government Censors: Step Away From The TV
from the no,-seriously,-stop-it dept
While some politicians have been pushing to get more regulatory control over TV for the sake of blocking out “indecent” material, a new study suggests that parents are overwhelmingly against government intervention when it comes to television, and that they believe good parenting skills are what’s necessary to protect children from seeing indecent material online. While this is a position I tend to agree with, the stats (91% say government shouldn’t be more involved) are so extreme to make you wonder if the questions in the survey were biased to get the answer they were looking for. There’s been enough talk in this country about indecency on TV over the past few years that it would be quite surprising if politicians were pushing an idea that was really only popular with less than 10% of the population. You could easily word questions about this topic in a way that would elicit exactly these answers — and I’m sure someone could just as easily do a study that showed nearly the opposite results by wording the questions in a different way.