Source: The Los Angeles Times
quote: This is a real concern with many local PBS stations, where their volume is substantially louder than the other channels in the area.
quote: Technically, in a democracy, if enough people echo the same "personal preference" then by theory it should and could become law. Of course, we all know [... snip ...]
quote: that the United States is not a democracy but a Constitutional Republic, so who cares what should and could happen in a democracy?There, I fixed that for you.
quote: The US is not a "constitutional republic"
quote: I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands
quote: We are a democratic republic. Pure and simple. In a democracy, every single vote is counted on every issue on every level. In the United States, we elect representatives to speak for us at the state and federal level.
quote: And where do you get this bullshit that in a republic you have the right to claim sovereignty if you dislike a law? Now maybe you would have that right if it was given to you in the laws of a nation. But that is not some fundamental tenant of a republic. Regardless of what you classify America as, you are free to renounce your citizenship and move elsewhere if you don't like our laws.
quote: Furthermore if 49% of people dislike what 51% are doing enough, they'll rebel as has already happened once and will likely happen again if things continue. The majority of us are getting tired of a minority of idiots like yourself deciding that we need to subsidize you or your grand schemes.
quote: Slippery slope, my friend, slippery slope. As the other reply said, we are not a true democracy. What if we all decide we don't like people of certain ethnic groups? You can't decide the fate of a society on whims. The Constitution sets the rules for the game. We have strayed too far from it as it stands...
quote: They make them in order to make money. If they want to show 25 minutes of commercials with 5 minutes of show, that's their right. It just likely won't last long because no one would watch it.
quote: The FCC is there to regulate what's on TV
quote: Not true. The FCC has many functions. One of them, sadly, is to be an arbiter of what can be broadcast on the public airwaves.The FCC has little authority over what a private company chooses to carry over its own cables. The FCC cannot tell, for example, TimeWarner Cable to not carry a sex channel on their cable lineup, even if that cable channel puts hardcore porn at 2:30pm on a Saturday. It is, after all, TW's cable, and they can put whatever they want on it. If you don't like it, don't pay for it - or don't patronize TW cable, or start a "Get the filth out of TW" movement. Whatever you do, the FCC can't help you.
quote: I don't care what your mommy told you or the teachers in school who told you that you are all special.
quote: we should rightfully get a say in how much louder the commercials are than the crap we choose to watch.
quote: Networks are in the business of making shows "for our entertainment pleasure."
quote: Much of today's awesome technology comes from research paid for by government money, that is - our money.
quote: The right wing conservative infiltration of a otherwise healthy secular government?
quote: Why do I get the feeling you're not a fan of education?
quote: You do. By choosing not to watch said programming.
quote: The day I encountered an advert with sound I installed one.
quote: before makin' me a sammich
quote: Dick O'Brien, an executive vice president of the American Assn. of Advertising Agencies, said Madison Avenue is in favor of the new rules. "We like it better when the public feels good about our ads," he said.