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20 October 2004 @ 08:50 pm
If I were Supreme Dictator - Media Edition  
I like to play the "If I were Supreme Dictator" game.
That is, imagine you are Supreme Dictator of Australia (or whatever country, or perhaps the Earth).
What laws would you introduce (to be enforced by soldiers in black leather with AK-47s and stock-whips)?

Anyway, it's something that I think about from time to time.
One category that I often dwell on is the state of the media.
So, for your reading pleasure, here is my list of media laws that I would introduce if I were Supreme Dictator of Australia:

Part One: Advertising
1) Advertising may only take up a maximum of 25% of content (15 minutes out of every hour for TV/Radio, 25 out of every 100 pages of print - pro rata).
2) Advertising in broadcast media may appear in a maximum of 15 minute blocks (i.e. if you want to do your entire hour's advertising in one chunk, you can, but you may not have half-hour or full-hour "infomercials").
3) All advertising must be announced/labelled as such.
4) The person/corporation who paid for the advertising must be named.
5) Advertising may not be made to appear as if it is actual content (i.e. it may not look/sound like a TV/radio program, it may not look like an actual article).
6) If an ad appears between segments of a radio/TV program, the ad may not be read by the presenter of the program (i.e. to fool listeners/viewers that the program is back on).
7) Any programs/articles recommending a particular product or service, must have a disclaimer explicitly stating that they have no relationship whatsoever (financial or otherwise) with the provider of the product/service.

Part Two: Censorship
1) Any content will be allowed to appear in any medium, without censorship, providing: no laws are broken in the creation of the content and the content does not deliberately incite any laws to be broken (yes, this allows for the depiction of anything allowable under law, including all manner of consensual sex acts).
2) The role of the Office of Film and Literature Classification will be restricted to exactly what the name implies: classification. All media will be classified in much the same fashion as it is now, with all material formerly banned falling under the R classification (which will extend to electronic media).
3) Law number 1 in this section allows for R rated content to appear on publicly broadcast media (e.g. television). This content will be restricted to late-night hours.
4) It is the sole responsibility of the principle care-giver to ensure that children do not access material inappropriate to their age-group, including that available on free-to-air media. Child-proofing technology will be made available.
 
 
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hastursdaughter on October 20th, 2004 12:03 pm (UTC)
::applies for citizenship in the State of YB:: Your game reminds me of the Bill of No Rights.
Jacobyak_boy on October 20th, 2004 03:25 pm (UTC)
The link seems to be down.
Mikmareth_redorb on October 20th, 2004 03:16 pm (UTC)
I think the only flaw there is the ability to provide a child-proof piece of technology that can be set up and operated by an adult, that CAN'T be dismantled by your average five year old. Aside from that, I think I could handle that sort of TV society. If I ever start watching again.
Jacobyak_boy on October 20th, 2004 03:28 pm (UTC)
I don't think thats true.
If the system is simply a password-type system, I think the only real danger is if the parents are stupid enough to either: choose an obvious password, or leave the thing unlocked.

And that just goes back to the fact that the parents are the ones responsible.

Besides, the child-proof technology is not supposed to be a substitute for supervision, but a supplement.
Mikmareth_redorb on October 20th, 2004 03:30 pm (UTC)
I agree entirely that it's the responsibility of the parent, the hard part is getting that through to certain parents.


Volunteers for sledge hammer duty.
Jacobyak_boy on October 20th, 2004 03:33 pm (UTC)
AK-47s and bullwhips.

They'll either get it, or they'll get it.

Anyway, when I'm dictator, you'll have to be tested to see if you're qualified to be a parent:

Question 1: Do you want to have children?

If you answered "yes", please discontinue, you are not qualified to have children.
Mikmareth_redorb on October 20th, 2004 03:35 pm (UTC)
Damn. That makes me parenting material.
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lisbourne on October 20th, 2004 03:48 pm (UTC)
*claps* *joins the yak_boy dictatorship*
HegeMon: StarscreaMhege_mon on October 20th, 2004 04:39 pm (UTC)
I often play this game in my head.

although my "death-squads" wear bright clothing, smile all the time and have big name tags. Makes them harder to want to resist.


"Hi, my name is Julian, I'm 23, married with three children. I'll be carting you away to a concentration camp today! Have a Lolly-pop"
Jacobyak_boy on October 20th, 2004 08:13 pm (UTC)
And they wear a minimum of fifteen pieces of flair?
HegeMonhege_mon on October 20th, 2004 08:51 pm (UTC)
details to be decided...
Robet Éivaayvah on October 20th, 2004 10:12 pm (UTC)
Err...

*finds a large boulder to hide behind*

I object!
Jacobyak_boy on October 21st, 2004 12:10 am (UTC)
To what exactly?
Robet Éivaayvah on October 21st, 2004 01:55 am (UTC)
You know, I remember having a couple things to object to, but I can't remember what they were. I've even reread the post. o_O

But I disagree with some of the advertising stuff. For example:

You're writing a newsletter and are funded by the government. You have a lot of articles on various topics, but one earnestly promotes a community service. In order to keep with your laws, this article is suddenly marked with, "This is an advertisement."

And often here are fine lines regarding that. What's an ad, and what's an article? And when we're talking "real articles", what's a reliable source, and what's some guy trying to sound like he knows something about the topic.

It's up to the reader to work out the credibility. However, it'd definitely be helpful to ensure that the source is always identified, and relevant, vital information (such as which political party the author works for if it's a political article).
Jacobyak_boy on October 21st, 2004 02:19 pm (UTC)
Well, really I was talking about commercial media and paid advertisements.

I would classify such an example as you raise as a "community service announcement" rather than an "advertisement".

The "fines lines" are what I'm trying to avoid. That's the whole point. If something is somewhere between an ad and an article, then it's a fucking ad - end of story.

As to "reliable sources", that has nothing to do with anything I talked about. I don't care if the author really does know nothing about the topic. That's totally irrelevant. What I want to know is, is he writing this as a completely disinterested party, or is he writing this to serve some other vested interest?

So, if he is writing something that tells you to eat more cheese, he either needs to have no affiliation with the dairy industry or it is classified as an advertisement.

Of course, I understand that you can be unaffiliated and still have a vested interest, but that's fine as long as there is no commercial interest.

Things get a little tricker when you start talking about politics - but that becomes irrelevant, because it's a dictatorship, remember?
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