Jacob (yak_boy) wrote,

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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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