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July 1996, Week 4


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Film and TV Studies Discussion List <[log in to unmask]>
Patricia Mitchell <[log in to unmask]>
Fri, 19 Jul 1996 19:59:43 -0400
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The V-Chip was developed by a man in Canada (where it has been used in test
communities with great success).  It uses the same technology as closed
captioning for television.  Programs are rated for different qualities (sex,
violence, etc) on a scale like our movies are.  Then people can set their TVs
to only accept certain types of programming.  For example, a kids program
with no sex or violence would be rated A-1-1. (A being like a 'G' movie
rating and the ones as being the lowest amount for sex and violence).  A
parent could set the TV to not show anything with a higher rating than A-1-1
and let their kids watch TV unattended without worry.  Later they can
readjust the rating so they can watch their favorite sitcoms, movies, etc
which would have higher ratings.  It's not censorship; it's just a tool.
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