Clamor For Censorship Grows
from the save-the-children dept
The National Coalition for Protection of Children and Families has been busy: they've been meeting with FCC Chairman Kevin Martin to push for a crackdown on "racy content" on cable and satellite television, while also talking to the trade body of US wireless carriers and the FCC about its concerns that kids might be exposed to mobile phone porn. On its web site, the group says its representatives will "ask how we can assist the FCC and CTIA as they draft and review guidelines to meet the oversight demands of wireless emerging technologies" -- given the group's apparent lack of technical or reglatory expertise, it's safe to assume that all they're interested in is censoring materials they deem offensive. While the logical answer, if people are so offended by the material on various media -- cable or satellite TV, the Internet, satellite radio and now cell phones -- would simply be for them not to buy or use them, with the current top priority of the Attorney General to crack down on porn alongside Martin's political, rather than technical, efficacy content providers of all stripes are probably getting a little worried that they're about to be labeled smut peddlers. The follow-on effect will likely be a chill on all sorts of potentially offensive content, with the potential repercussions outweighing the benefits for content providers. HBO had better hurry up with that last season of The Sopranos.