[As it happens…]
The TV Watch Coalition, of which SpeakSpeak is a member, has officially launched. TV Watch endorses personal responsibility, is working to prevent government restriction on TV content, and aims to educate parents on parental control technologies already available to them.
During a conference call, participants discussed a survey conducted by pollsters Frank Luntz and Geoff Garin.
Says Frank Luntz: “It is so overwhelming that the public wants to make the decisions themselves.” Luntz remarks that yes, people are frustrated, sometimes the issue is a bit overwhelming, but people want to be in control themselves.
Luntz also says that two thirds of respondents claim that recent events deprived them of content choices because broadcasters were nervous.
Executive Director Jim Dyke says education will take precedence over lobbying. This means YOU STILL NEED TO SPEAK UP.
Adam Thierer: The Parents Television Council and American Family Association are having a disproportionate influence, they’re creating a new reality that doesn’t really exist. “Just because you have “parents” in the name of the group doesn’t mean you speak for all of them.”
Journalists are taking TV Watch reps to task for not more directly addressing a family tier of programming, or “a la carte” programming. TV Watch director Jim Dyke says TV Watch is focused more on parental control and education.
Theirer: Family friendly programming is another form of governmental control, “censorship by another name.” The government “would be in the position of defining ‘family friendly.’ I would think that many Americans would find that a disturbing option.”
Jim Dyke says he has not yet heard from the PTC, but hopes to have a lively debate with them.
Journalists are asking TV Watch reps whether the media companies are behind this initiative – to which I’d like to say we were here first!
The TV Watch site hosts a petition that supports consumer choice in lieu of government control. Please sign it.
More as it happens….