Thank God that Congress is here to protect our children from smut! Today’s busy parents can’t be bothered to spend too much time patrolling what their kids watch, so Congress just passed a bill which makes it easier for opportunistic “morally concerned” companies to edit, censor, and sanitize movies according to their own religious and political agenda (which, incidentally, becomes your agenda if you use their services).
President Bush on Wednesday signed legislation aimed at helping parents keep their children from seeing sex scenes, violence and foul language in movie DVDs.
The bill gives legal protections to the fledgling filtering technology that helps parents automatically skip or mute sections of commercial movie DVDs. Mr. Bush signed it privately and without comment, White House press secretary Scott McClellan said.
The legislation came about because Hollywood studios and directors had sued to stop the manufacture and distribution of such electronic devices for DVD players. The movies’ creators had argued that changing the content — even when it is considered offensive — would violate their copyrights.
The legislation, called the Family Entertainment and Copyright Act, creates an exemption in copyright laws to make sure companies selling filtering technology won’t get sued out of existence.
“It lets parents decide for themselves what children see and hear on television,” says the bill’s author. Actually, it lets the government and these editing companies decide what your kids see and hear, because (as I understand it) they set up the filters and decide what’s “good” and “bad.” They’re oh-so-good at using terminology which gives us the illusion of having control: “You’re in complete control. We let you decide. We give you the tools. It’s in your hands now.” Bette get your wadin’ boots on, it’s gettin’ mighty deep in here!