There's An Election Coming Up, So Time To Bring Out The Line About Protecting The Children

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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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Anonymous Coward says:

hey i havent relinquished mine

btw if you care about your kids and their health and eduction

home school them, teach that the things you were taught and you hold valuable

make sure ther vaccinations done have thimerosal (mercury based preservative)

make sure they are taught about the values and principals this country was founded up

instead of all this state controled, government controlled NWO controlled BULLSHIT PROPAGANDA that they indoctrinate our children with now

misanthropic humanist says:

English-Politics Dictionary

Joe, they’re politicians. Although the farmyard animal noises that spew out their pie holes sound a lot like words you’re reading into it to much, it’s just the sound of the lime green jelly between their ears slopping about. Allow me to help you decode…

measures to regulate television violence

translation: From now on there will be a standardised headshot with a minimum 20 degree crainial spray. All rape scenes must last no more than 60 seconds.

“family values”

translation: average price on international slave trade market, or full life insurance value of one family killed in industrial accident, whichever is less.

“protect the children” from damaging influences in the media.

translation: Protect the children from damaging the influence of the media.

(small change, big difference)

and if that doesn’t work, there’s no law against cancelling the cable.

Oh you think so? Yet. How would 40,000 volts change your mind?

Non-idealist says:

Less than ideal world....

Okay, normally I agree with Joe and Mike on various topics, but this tired issue is one I don’t agree on. Parents should teach their children values and force them to live by them, but it has been shown many times over that parents are often too tired or busy or culturally misguided to make the right decision for their children. Therefore, if they want to take violence off of the tv, so be it. It is definitely bad for kids and parents can also do without it. Has anyone seen the study showing that people who are most disatisfied with their life watch tv the most? Yes, parents should do their jobs, but this world is less than ideal, so we rely on the government to pick up the slack of the lazy parent.

Lethal Dose says:

Weird, in my country, portugal, we dont try to hide stuff like sexuality and violence from our children, we leave to the parents to educate and chose what theyre kids can or cannot see, and what to deside. apart from the regular standard children rights laws, we put no unfundamented restriction/censorship in our kids/parents lives. And gess what, the average portuguese child does much better then the average US child. Are they smarter? no, just more aware, because there isnt a govermant dictating what the parens can, cant or should do and think.
I gess in the end, 3000 years VS 500 years of cultural maturity has its perks.

|333173|3|_||3 says:

Ah yes, that is a god idea: hoping for cultural maturity from a country which was founded by a bunch of puritans fleeing from thiose who wished to get revenge on them for trying to opress them (Puritans tried to abolish Christmas), and comparing that country with a one of the signatories of the oldest continuosly upheld treaty (a non-agression pact an arms supply deal with England signed to ensure that the English archers had a reliable supply of Yew to fight the French)

Anyway, the solution of getting rid of Clable is not bad, but then there’s the ‘net, friends houses, and a whole range of other sources of unwanted material, so education is the only way which is likely to work, unless the parents make thier childern live like hermits.

Yet Another anonymous coward (profile) says:

Let's turn around the cannons...

… the enemy is behind us.

Family values – and elections. All those nasty attack ads, blatantly promoting hate and ugliness, with kids asking parents “What’s the KKK?” and such.

let’s get a campaign together to strike down as family hostile all the ugly, mud-slinging ads that penetrate every possible slice of available air time. Let’s turn the cannons around and point them at the real enemy.

My point is that the ugliest ads are usually from PACs. Media folk are not to blame – they could get into FCC trouble for refusing an ad. THERE IS NO REGULATION ON WHAT THEY CAN AIR. It doesn’t have to even be true. Slander laws can’t help.

Lets instead call these ugly creations hostile to family values!

Enrico Suarve says:

Re: Let's turn around the cannons...

My god Anon I think you got it

The main problem with american politics these days isn’t the bi-partisan politics itself, its the way that to fully engage in it, the candidates and issues pushed tend to be vile filth. This helps to alienate an ever increasing percentage of voters

Ban their filth (for the children obviously) and see what they can really come up with

NB – I don’t think this is a uniquely American problem – you just seem to lead the world in it at times ;0)

Sanguine Dream says:

Good points...

Its amazing that policitians will say something to the effect of, “protect the children” everytime a soundbyte opportunity comes up. But then they turn around and base their political ads soley on the dirt of their opponents, which are aired during prime time when those children are likey watching tv.

This is a basic rundown of every political ad we will see for the coming 2008 election.

Candidate A:”We need to protect the children. Don’t listen to Candidate B. He has evaded taxes, dodged the draft, and cheated on his wife. Remember, protect the children!”

(I didnt use the usual she/he because women don’t sign up for selective service upon turning 18)

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