Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Parents Television Council "Celebrity" Advisory Board

Take a look at this photo array, and name one person who has been relevant in entertainment in at least the last 15 years, and I'll send you your very own copy of Pat Boone's metal album!*

The PTC annoys the living hell out of me, mostly because they are so disingenuous. Their stated goals sound fine-

"We are a nonpartisan organization that works with elected and appointed government officials to enforce broadcast decency standards. Most importantly, the PTC produces critical research and publications documenting the dramatic increase in sex, violence and profanity in entertainment. This information is provided free of charge so parents can make informed viewing choices for their own families.... The PTC agrees that parents have the greatest responsibility when it comes to monitoring the viewing habits of their children..."

However, their website and campaigns repeatedly target cable television (not covered by the FCC and not available unless you choose to pay for it), encourage the government to legislate to control cable as well as broadcast channels and complain that the industry solutions to parents concerns (parental controls, TV ratings and the V-chip) don't do enough to empower parents. Therefore, it must be the government's job to protect your kids for you. Who cares if millions of adults are deprived entertainment they want to see? Don't you know the children are watching?

*offer not valid anywhere, as I'm sure someone will claim that Cheryl Rhodes is an amazing cultural influence


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