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    Michael Buffaloe commented  · 

    I think people often misunderstand the FCC.

    To an extent, censorship is a useful tool. Certain programming targeted at certain audiences should be held to certain standards. Kids' programming should be free of any concerning or offensive material, as it's intended specifically for kids. More freedom from restriction and censorship should be provided to that programming that is targeted at an older audience. No government censorship should be applied to those networks which are not free to access - e.g. "opt-in" - as each consumer must choose to pay for that content before they can watch it.

    The FCC shouldn't regulate every program based on the same standards, but I feel without the FCC it'd be much more difficult to be a parent. Personally, if there was zero censorship whatsoever, I'd simply cancel the cable. It's not possible (or good parenting) to be over a kid's shoulder all the time - there are other, easier-to-regulate entertainment options that can be provided in lieu of television that are also relatively free of the things that you wouldn't want to expose a kid to.

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    Michael Buffaloe commented  · 

    I can't vote for this because I only partially agree.

    On the one hand, I feel (as you probably do) that commercials aired during kids' programming should be fitting for those kids who are watching. I believe this is already done to an extent, but I think the FCC should be more stringent with this sort of regulation.

    However, what I do NOT want to see is blanket censorship applied to all commercials. Commercials should be held to the standard of the show they're paired with. Shows oriented towards an adult audience should have more freedom in terms of the "family-friendliness" of the commercials that air with them. If your child is watching adult programming and happens to see more adult commercials during that programming, that's up to you to regulate, not the government.

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