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Saturday, February 25, 2006

V-Chip Insanity

An article in PC Mag reveals a new and improved way to ensure censorship:

Hallelujiah the new V-Chip (v.gis) has arrived! Finally we can get rid of another responsibility. Tuck that cotton wool in mummy-government, I'm getting more comfortable.

This is the new version of the V-Chip that allows a broadcast to be filtered based on it's rating. This new chip is programmable and can be changed to incorporate future rating changes. This begs the questions: who will control future rating changes; how many will be implemented; what say will we have? Those of you who think will know the answers to these three questions:

1) The government

2) As many is necessary to ensure that someone else's will is forced upon us (eg an anti-government rating?)

3) As much say as we have now. ;(

From the article:
"The FCC rules require that if you are selling a digital television receiver product you must include this [open V-chip] capability,"

"must". MUST? - who on earth do these people think they are? What right do they have to tell us what we "must" watch. Unfortunately the response by a lazy majority of people will be "baaaah".

While it is a cliche now, it is also the undeniable and practical truth - "If you don't want to watch it, turn it off!"

When will we start paying taxes for government officials to come round and wipe our bums? (the answer obviously is after a government sub-committee on Adult Hygeine has spent 3 years doing a feasability study with our money followed by trial runs in a small town receiving a grant to shut up about the skewed statistics that will be released to support what the do-gooders want done in the first place).

What can we do?
  • Talk to people about this issue
  • Contact manufacturers and ask for them to make it easily disabled.
  • Write to your local and federal politicians and ask for it to be optional.
  • Write into local and national newspapers and express your disgust.
  • Call in to radio and tv stations
  • Think for ourselves

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