Scenes of stabbings, shootings, rape, decapitation and mutilation invariably received a TV-14 “parents strongly cautioned” rating on network TV, according to the Parents Television Council study released today. But similar fare on cable typically was given the most stringent label, TV-MA for mature audiences only, researchers for the media watchdog group found.
What TV now does far better than ever before is push the vulnerable closer to or beyond their brink. It’s difficult to afflict the well-adjusted, to have them do a 180. Maybe the repetitive, antisocial messages that all forms of entertainment have become reliant upon can move them a few degrees off, but nothing that would have them storm a campus with an AK47. But if the vulnerable are moved even one or two degrees toward or off their brink, if the messages become a prompt…. TV’s always there to give the vulnerable that extra little push, the kind that makes all of us vulnerable.
CEO Gordon Smith says it’s in favor of Rockefeller’s Violent Content Research Act of 2013. “Broadcasters support community decency standards attendant to our broadcast licenses.”
A study by the Parents Television Council of 392 primetime scripted programs on broadcast networks shown during the month following Vice President Joe Biden’s January meeting with entertainment industry executives on the topic revealed that 193 had some incident of violence.
The Parents Television Council released data on media violence collected from all primetime broadcast programs that aired between Jan. 11 and Feb. 11, following Vice President Joe Biden’s meeting with the industry in January. During the one-month study period, of the 392 shows examined, 193, nearly half, contained violence; 121, almost a third, contained violence and guns.
Sen. Jay Rockefeller, the chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee said that he intends to make one last attempt to give the FCC the legal authority to rein in violence in the media before retiring from the Senate in 2015.
A multimedia public service effort is designed to raise parental awareness of TV and film ratings, parental controls, media literacy and mental health issues.
The television body count is on the way up, says the second edition of a Funeralwise.com survey of 40 programs during fall 2012 which found an increase over theyear before. Guns were the most frequent cause of death, but the most frequent victims were already dead, sort of: we’re talking zombies.