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14 May 2007 @ 04:38 pm
And now, the news turns to our "*sigh*" segment. Today's headlines:

- NBC Resurrects 'The Bionic Woman' for its Fall Season - As if churning out bland movies of 70's TV shows with little connection to the original wasn't bad enough, now we're gonna turn out bland TV shows of 70's TV shows with little connection to the original. With the present-day track record of just how deeply the modern studios care about what they're ripping up and abusing, I can only cringe at what they'll do to this. Thankfully, I don't watch TV, so I don't much care.

- MPAA to Consider Smoking in Ratings - I'm old enough to remember the days when the MPAA ratings were pretty easy to figure out: G: no one gets the girl, PG: the good guy gets the girl, R: the bad guy gets the girl, X: everyone gets the girl. OK, I kid, but still, I remember the first time I saw a rating and it said it was due to "sexual situations" and I thought "what the fuck is that supposed to mean?" It's only gone downhill from there, becoming more and more compartmentalized and fractured, nit-picking every little thing...and for no really good reason, seeing as how half of what gets cut out by the MPAA's say-so ends up as a special feature on the DVD, anyway. So, now, "glamorizing smoking" and "pervasive smoking" are going to figure into the ratings, huh? "But it's to help the parents," they say. These are the same parents that buy their 3-year-old a Gameboy, right? Believe me, you aren't helping them, they're beyond help. Once again, our nation's parents are depending on someone else to teach their kids; no wonder we're in the state we're in. Hey, go for it, MPAA, please do. Eventually, at this rate, you'll make such a mockery of yourself, we can dump your sorry, controlling ass.
Skeletoncrew: cartoonskeletoncrew on May 15th, 2007 02:47 am (UTC)
The MPAA just gets more and more ridiculous every year. The worst part? They go through this bullshit analysis to rate films, and then parents ignore the ratings anyway! Most of what I see in theatres is R rated and it is extremely rare to not see one or more children in the theatre.

I don't understand why the world should have to be sanatized for the sake of parents that are too lazy to monitor what their children are exposed to.
Chrisclipdude on May 15th, 2007 03:28 am (UTC)
One reason the MPAA provides ratings is to make it less likely for the government to step in and do so. As far as I'm concerned, an R rating exists so that way when people say "That movie is so horrid; it will corrupt our children's minds", you can respond "It's rated R, and thus not meant for kids. If any kids end up watching it, it's their parents' fault."

Of course, even if there were no rating system, our response would be true. Parents are ultimately responsible for monitoring their children's media consumption. Nevertheless, if you put a big R on the movie, it makes it more likely that Congress will buy this argument.
Reborn in Firehammerforge on May 15th, 2007 03:52 am (UTC)
For that matter, there is the whole flawed logic of TV.

An entire episode about rape...a violent crime that does emotional and physical damage both...fine for primetime.

Sex...a generally enjoyable and consentual activity...entirely wrong for any setting where anyone under the age of 40 might view it.