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Ever hear of an "off" button?
Posted by: McQ on Saturday, April 21, 2007

This is the same guy, if I'm not mistaken, who's all for reinstituting the "fairness doctrine":
U.S. Rep. Edward Markey thinks children are seeing too much of Toucan Sam’s Froot Loops, of Twinkies and of other advertised sugary foods while watching television.

The Malden Democrat, who chairs the powerful House Telecommunications and Internet Subcommittee, has written a letter to three members of the Federal Communications Commission, urging them to support “common sense restrictions” on fast-food pitches aimed at youngsters watching children’s shows.

Markey didn’t support an outright ban on junk-food ads.

But he said shows specifically touted as educational, as networks are required by law to broadcast, shouldn’t also be “inundating children with advertisements for fast food, junk food and sugared cereals.”

See, if you're "required by law" to bradcast something, then those who are requiring it feel they can also tell you what not to broadcast. Pay for air time, got get and fruit company to do so.

And on the other side, if parents have a problem with the ads they can do two things ... complain to the channel and put in a DVD. Or, if you can imagine it, turn the boob tube off and send the little darlings outside to play until dinner time (one of my dear departed mum's favorite things to do).
 
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Id wager if subsidies for sugar or corn farmers was reduced, there’d be less of this sort of thing.

 
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complain to the channel and put in a DVD. Or, if you can imagine it, turn the boob tube off and send the little darlings outside to play until dinner time
Or a combination of the above. When my daughter was young, she only watched DVDs. As she got older, we let her watch some shows but explained that commercials were ’propaganda’ and propaganda is bad. Now she is just limited to how much time she can watch, and if she gets caught watching a commercial without hitting mute, the TV goes off.

I guess it’s what you call ’parenting’.
 
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When my daughter was young, she only watched DVDs. As she got older, we let her watch some shows but explained that commercials were ’propaganda’ and propaganda is bad. Now she is just limited to how much time she can watch, and if she gets caught watching a commercial without hitting mute, the TV goes off.
Good for you (no sarcasm). Sadly policy cannot be formed on the assumption that all parents will behave in this way. Inevitably there will be many families who use the ’boob tube’, and if things that are bad for kids are allowed to be sold in an instructional manner, as if they were actually what the grownups believe, then that is a bad thing.
 
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