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The V-Chip Debate

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ISBN13: 9780805830613
ISBN: 0805830618
Published: May 1998
Publisher: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc
Format: Hardback
Price: £70.00

The V-chip is a part of the discussion about whether television (or broadcasting in general) deserves some special attention in terms of its accessibility to children, its particular power to affect conduct, and its invasiveness. But as this notion of filtering and labelling has caught the imagination of the regulator, the legislator, and all those who wish to consider new ways to alter bargaining over imagery in society, the very ""idea"" of the V-chip or its equivalent is moving across other technologies, including the Internet. The V-chip issue is also involved in the ongoing debate about violence and sexual practices in society, and how representations on television relate to those practices.;Among the questions the contributors address are: what research basis is necessary to require a framework for labelling and rating?; what relationship between government and the image-producing industries can be characterized - for constitutional and other reasons - as voluntary as opposed to coercive?; who should evaluate these images?; to what extent should the evaluation process be centralized and/or distributed?; and what assessment is appropriate to evaluate whether the experiment is ""successful""?;In addition to the V-chip's origins in Canada and its evolution in the United States, this book discusses the development of the V-chip and television rating systems in Europe, Australia and throughout the world. It also includes essays which contrast the very different approaches in Canada and the United States in terms of the role of regulatory agency, industry and government.

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Introduction, M.E. Price.
Part 1 Adopting the V-Chip System - Canada, the USA: In Search of Reasonable Solutions - the Canadian Experience With Television Ratings and the V-Chip, A. MacKay; Developing Television Ratings in Canada and the United States - the Perils and Promises of Self-Regulation, S.D. McDowell; Three Questions About Television Ratings, M. Heins; Media Filters and the V-Chip, J.M. Balkin.
Part 2 Other Perspectives, Other Media: The V-Chip and Television Ratings - British and European Perspectives, A. Millwood Hargrave; Who Will Rate the Ratings?, J.T. Hamilton; Media Content Labelling Systems - Information Advisories or Judgmental Restrictions?, D.F. Roberts; An Alternative to Government Regulation and Censorship - Content Advisory Systems for Interactive Media, C.D. Martin; Motion Picture Ratings in the United States, R.M. Mosk.
Part 3 The Internet Debate: Yelling ""Filter"" on the Crowded Net - the Implications of User Control Technologies, D.J. Weitzner; Rating the Net, J. Weinberg; Appendices - Canada, United States, Europe.