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(Washington Times)   Regulating the volume of TV commercials will send us down the slippery slope towards total government control of the internet   (washingtontimes.com ) divider line
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2012-12-18 11:09:15 AM  
As a nation of free men, we will live forever or die by television commercial volume regulation.
 
2012-12-18 12:49:01 PM  
Two years ago, Congress asked the FCC to set standards that would crack down on annoying ads.

Truly, this was the day liberty died.
 
2012-12-18 12:51:44 PM  

Lionel Mandrake: Two years ago, Congress asked the FCC to set standards that would crack down on annoying ads.

Truly, this was the day liberty died.


Yes, this is how freedom died. With thunderous applause. On a day in infamy.
 
2012-12-18 12:52:20 PM  
first, they came for our incandescent light bulbs. when will the tyranny end?
 
2012-12-18 12:53:10 PM  
Histories Greatest Monsters!

HOW DARE THEY LIMIT THE INVISIBLE HAND OF THE FREE MARKET!

TO ARMS! TO ARMS!
 
2012-12-18 12:54:00 PM  

Lionel Mandrake: Two years ago, Congress asked the FCC to set standards that would crack down on annoying ads.

Truly, this was the day liberty died.


No Liberty died on SUNDAY! SUNDAY! SUNDAY!
 
2012-12-18 12:56:15 PM  
Congress passed laws and the FCC implemented them. If you don't like it, vote for someone else. If that doesn't work, America disagrees with you and STFU. There's no 'Uncle Sam' or repressive government in this case. I doubt there's even any secret money behind it. It's just us.
 
2012-12-18 12:58:25 PM  
well, duh.
 
2012-12-18 01:07:32 PM  
But how else am I to learn exactly how important FUZZY ZOELLER'S WEDGE CHIP VIDEO is if no one suddenly screams it at me?!?!
 
2012-12-18 01:10:50 PM  
This doesn't apply to internet streaming video does it, because they do the same damn thing. Show producers moderate their volume to allow for greater dynamic range, then the ad comes in compressed to the max and loud as hell. It is annoying and with the common use of headphones it could potentially lead to hearing damage.

They flash they make annoying sounds, they move and jump in front of your mouse, and then advertisers wonder why people go to such lengths to avoid them. Having random words on the page made into links that popup if you mouse over them while scrolling for instance, annoying as fark.
 
2012-12-18 01:13:53 PM  
Don't you usually argue these things BEFORE regulations go into effect?
 
2012-12-18 01:17:37 PM  
The right wing amuses me. Things like encouraging the use of CFL's or this are the harbinger of fascism, but the Patriot Act and other laws giving the government almost unlimited, warrent-less surveillance powers are A-OK.
 
2012-12-18 01:19:48 PM  
" As Commissioner Robert M. McDowell, a Republican, warned when the rules were adopted, cable and satellite services are more in the business of distributing material than creating it. "

Music radio has regularly sped up, slowed down, edited and destroyed the dynamic range of songs for generations. Look out your window, dipshiat. Broadcast spectrum is 100% public property LICENSED under clear and mandatory technical obligations. Licensees don't have the freedom to act any way they please, it's limited to going elsewhere if they disagree. 
Republicans: undaunted in protecting the tragedy of the commons for their corporate sponsors.
 
2012-12-18 01:20:52 PM  

Jaws_Victim: Yes, this is how freedom died. With thunderous reasonably volumed applause. On a day in infamy.


FTFY.
 
2012-12-18 01:28:07 PM  
Please.
 
2012-12-18 01:31:06 PM  
The CALM act breezed through Congress and was signed into law with almost universal support. The fact that they allowed two years to implement the law was overly generous (individual companies can still apply for extensions if they can make a case).
The time for objecting to this extremely popular law was two years ago, not as it is being implemented. The Washington Times editors can pound sand.
 
2012-12-18 01:40:41 PM  

red5ish: The Washington Times editors can pound sand.


I'm not sure they are that capable.
 
2012-12-18 03:34:51 PM  

Counter_Intelligent: Jaws_Victim: Yes, this is how freedom died. With thunderous reasonably volumed applause. On a day in infamy.

FTFY.


It was mute applause where I live, but that's because I was on the phone with my dentist's office and wanted to be heard well at the time.
 
2012-12-18 04:03:48 PM  
Excellent. Now if they can ban clammy/sweaty handshakes then I will be thrilled.
 
2012-12-18 04:52:26 PM  
TFA: In many cases, they have little control over the commercials supplied by the networks that produce the television shows, yet they could be held liable for the programmer's mistake.

Bullshiat. Capping the output is trivially easy and requires no new equipment. TV stations already do this. Learn something about broadcasting.

Also, commercial volume has been regulated for decades. It used to be that ads couldn't be louder than the programming. That meant if a show had a loud explosion somewhere in it, a commercial could be that loud throughout. Now, it's supposed to be limited to the average volume of the show.
 
2012-12-18 06:00:11 PM  

jake_lex: The right wing amuses me. Things like encouraging the use of CFL's or this are the harbinger of fascism, but the Patriot Act and other laws giving the government almost unlimited, warrent-less surveillance powers are A-OK.


But brown people are trying to kill me.
 
2012-12-18 09:01:41 PM  
Where was the uproar over the National Do Not Call Registry or the ban on unsolicited faxes.
 
2012-12-18 10:21:06 PM  
The two biggest offenders on my cable system are FX, TNT and Discovery. I have to turn the volume up around 80% to hear the programming and when a commercial comes on it's louder than hell. I don't mind that so much because I can always tell when they're about to go to a commercial and hit mute. What really pisses me off is if I'm in bed watching a long movie and forget to set the sleep timer I get woke up at 4 AM by idiots yelling at me to buy some farking food processor or male enhancement herb in a 30 minute info-mercial. And that's after having a bunch of disturbing nightmares where I'm in some TV-horror alternate reality.
 
2012-12-19 12:36:58 AM  
I'll never understand how/why an advertiser thinks that annoying the crap out of me is going to make me want to buy their product. its just going to make me hate the company and make sure ill never buy one of their products.

The commercials full of people screaming make me want to poke my ears out.
 
2012-12-19 02:39:05 AM  

Farkenhostile: The commercials full of people screaming make me want to poke my ears out.



IT'S MY MONEY, AND I WANT IT NOW!
 
2012-12-19 11:07:30 AM  
I applaud the broadcasters for completely muting the commercials..at first I thought there was a problem, but it is definitely good while it lasts
 
2012-12-19 11:56:49 PM  
So....
 
Do the Moonies have trouble hearing the Hoveround scooter ads or something?
 
 
No, I won't click a Washed-Brain Times article.  Mmmhhmmmm, you can't make me,
 
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