Is the point of the parental descriptions D* provided as part of the last firmware update to actually describe sex/violence as opposed to showing it? Is that supposed to be somehow better?
Take, for example, the parental information for two movies, both R-Rated: "Underworld: Rise of the Lycans" and "Kill Bill, Vol. 1." Reading that information only makes that crappy underworld film seem 100x more violent. A lot of those things ... what was actually going on in a scene never crossed my mind, but I sure as hell remember reading the provided description ... sure enough, there was a blade protruding through the back of someone's skull. The thing is these descriptions allow you to visualize in your minds eye things that aren't even in the film (the visual image I see after reading the previously mentioned blade-through-the-skull description is from the back, but the film only shows a not-very-gory view from the front).
I just don't get it. I can watch a film and not really notice some half-violent act in a fairly dark scene, but the description in the parental information is more graphic than the actual scene/s in the film. It seems that way with every film, too. I had to think a little about what it reminded me of ... those Penthouse letters, which always seemed more graphic than any pictures.
If not for these descriptions, I wouldn't have even known some of this stuff was even in the movie.
Does it do the same thing with sex? Provide descriptions of the activity that are more graphic than what might be in the movie?
I'm going to go ahead and assume kids can see that information, too, even if there is some way to hide it ... I just don't get the logic behind that. Yes, I know part of helping parents be better informed about particular programs is giving them easy access to the right information, ... but just read those things.
Irony is not one of those words I just toss around, but man .... some serious irony going on there.
Edited by GenTso, 06 June 2010 - 11:05 AM.
Incomplete sentence; attribution to D*; elaboration