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Congress is all over this pressing topic
September 30, 2010 - Frank Robinson
Have we really become so lazy that it has come to this? According to an Associated Press story, there is legislation being considered to curb TV commercials so they are not louder than the programs being watched.
Have we as a society become so lazy we don't even want to use the remote to adjust the volume? I remember watching TV when there was no remote, and you actually got up, walked across the room, and changed the channel and adjusted the volume. Wow.
Here is a snippet of the story moving today:
"Legislation to turn down the volume on those loud TV commercials that send couch potatoes diving for their remote controls looks like it'll soon become law. "The Senate unanimously passed a bill late Wednesday to require television stations and cable companies to keep commercials at the same volume as the programs they interrupt. The House has passed similar legislation. Before it can become law, minor differences between the two versions have to be worked out when Congress returns to Washington after the Nov. 2 election."
What is especially puzzling in this case is that Congress is involved. Why? Elected officials have to have more important things to worry about.
The story says the legislation is sponsored by Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., and that Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., is the "driving force" behind the bill in the House.
Driving force? Who cares. By the way, how will this be enforced?
Before it can become the law of the land, "minor" differences between the House and Senate versions of the legislation after the November election.
Here is the kicker. It's the quote of the day from Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., a co-sponsor. He said, "TV viewers should be able to watch their favorite programs without fear of losing their hearing when the show goes to a commercial."
Boy, I'm sure glad members of Congress know what is important.
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