The Unrepentant Individual

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April 20, 2007

Did They Just Say That?!

Last night I was listening to XM Radio online, Channel 47 (Ethel). This was while I was reading, so it was probably already well after midnight. I heard a little promo (they don’t have commercials, but they do occasionally have segues), and it took my attention away from the book.

Ethel Channel 47: Delightful tunes, even if you’re stoned.

All of a sudden the statist brainwashing I got in public schools kicked in… “Are they really allowed to say that?!” Then I realized it’s XM, but I was still surprised they had the cojones. Of course, then as I started to settle back into my lawless personality, I was pretty impressed… Even if they’re not allowed to say it, good for them! After all, when the FEC was considering regulating blogs under campaign finance rules, I pledged that regardless of what laws and regulations they imposed, I wouldn’t stop blogging. If they wanted to come after me, they could come after me.

But I thought about it a second… XM radio, along with the internet, and the rest of the “new media”, is a sign that they’re losing control. Not XM, of course, but the FCC and regulatory establishment. They can do all they want to punish Viacom for letting a breast be shown on national TV, and they can fine Howard Stern, and 15 years ago, that would have been enough to actually put a stop to a lot of that activity. But now, they’ve been outflanked, and people are getting used to having the ability to choose for themselves what to listen to and read.

Don’t get me wrong, that’s a dangerous thing for the government to accept. And they’re not going to take it lying down. They’re going to try as hard as they can to get their regulatory hands into the new media. But I think the arguments they used back in the days when they were regulating TV and radio won’t work. People aren’t as willing to submit to the government as they once were. The regulators can’t claim that bandwidth is limited on the internet. And there are too many voices out here that are willing to be loud and fight.

So to answer my original question, “Did they just say that?!” Yeah they did, and what the hell are you going to do about it, bureaucrat?

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 1:33 pm || Permalink || Comments (2) || Trackback URL || Categories: Blogging, Internet, Media, Pop Culture


  1. What bothers me is that when they dare, that I wouldn’t know about it or when to expect it. This makes a difference when you try to determine what to expose your child too, without keeping them shielded from everything. One time when my son was very small, there was one of those male adolescent movie shown on a Sunday afternoon. There were no warning about the content before or during commercials. At his age I really didn’t want my son exposed to a simulated sex scene (closer to soft porn)that sort of popped up in the movie. I would have expected, necking not sex. My son wasn’t watching, so I breathe easier, because I didn’t have to explain that behavior. I did have expectation at that time that a movie with that content would not be shown at that time, and I had no way of finding out from the preview that this scene would occur. Boycotting after the fact is useless. The vigilance of parents can’t always catch everything along with the other facets of parenting.

    Comment by VRB — April 20, 2007 @ 4:39 pm
  2. Brad, What do you think about the TV networks showing the contents that were mailed to them by the “Shooter” at Virginia Tech? They are already getting some “copy cat’s” out there that want their 15 minutes of fame. It is totally crazy that they would broadcast that insane stuff. When does common sense come into play?

    I agree with VRB.

    Comment by Lucy Stern — April 21, 2007 @ 6:36 am

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