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#1 OFFLINE   wilbur_the_goose

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Posted 08 June 2010 - 06:40 PM

Hi - before the SNAFU today the HR20 "new software" page said that 3-D and "Common Sense Ratings" were enabled.

Where can we see the "Common Sense Ratings"? I can't find any anywhere.

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#2 OFFLINE   Alan Gordon

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Posted 08 June 2010 - 06:43 PM

Hi - before the SNAFU today the HR20 "new software" page said that 3-D and "Common Sense Ratings" were enabled.

Where can we see the "Common Sense Ratings"? I can't find any anywhere.


Give it a day or two for the data to populate, and it will just pop up. :)

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Posted 08 June 2010 - 06:54 PM

The Common Sense Ratings are a joke. I've read the description of some of the shows and if I didn't know the name of the show it was describing I'd have no clue what the show is. It makes "The Office" and "30 Rock" sound like adult shows.

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Posted 08 June 2010 - 07:10 PM

You're entitled to your opinion. Personally I think they are entertaining to read. When they've populated, you can find them by selecting "More Info" on the info banner.
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Posted 08 June 2010 - 07:16 PM

The Common Sense Ratings are a joke. I've read the description of some of the shows and if I didn't know the name of the show it was describing I'd have no clue what the show is. It makes "The Office" and "30 Rock" sound like adult shows.


I wasn't huge fan of the idea, but really like it now. With an 9 year old who wants to watch all kinds of stuff I've never heard of, it has been nice to have.

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Posted 08 June 2010 - 08:34 PM

The Common Sense Ratings are a joke. I've read the description of some of the shows and if I didn't know the name of the show it was describing I'd have no clue what the show is. It makes "The Office" and "30 Rock" sound like adult shows.


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Posted 08 June 2010 - 09:57 PM

Any way to turn these off? I dont care what some ultraconservatives think of the shows I watch.

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Posted 08 June 2010 - 10:03 PM

IMO, they don't appear to be written by either left-leaning or right-leaning groups. They appear to be fairly unbiased, objective descriptions of the content of the program.
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Posted 08 June 2010 - 10:51 PM

The source information is here:
http://www.commonsensemedia.org/

I think the information is quite useful for parents to make an informed decision.
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Posted 09 June 2010 - 04:21 AM

I don't like them either. Seems like something Pat Robertson and the 700 Club hashed together. Yes they do seem very right wing and churchy. And no, I don't have a problem with church, just those pushing theirs onto me.

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Posted 09 June 2010 - 04:33 AM

I don't like them either. Seems like something Pat Robertson and the 700 Club hashed together. Yes they do seem very right wing and churchy. And no, I don't have a problem with church, just those pushing theirs onto me.


I don't think they are geared toward guiding adults on what to watch for themselves, but geared toward helping adults determine what is appropriate for their children.

When I read the descriptions, they seemed to be straightforward descriptions of the content. They didn't seem judgemental or preachy. They did give what seemed to be good suggestions for starting conversations with kids about the shows.
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Posted 09 June 2010 - 04:43 AM

Some of the details seem silly at times, but they are there to help people make decisions.

Likely most of the people who use these ratings lean toward being rather protective, and that's OK. Less-protective parents probably just look at the letter rating.

For instance, I don't know what the commonsense people said about Iron Man and Iron Man II, but both were rated PG-13 and were totally different as far as adult content was concerned. I would be glad to have that info when deciding whether my seven-year-old grandson could see them (I though II was fine for him, the first movie, not really.)

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Posted 09 June 2010 - 04:49 AM

The ratings are a guide and provide info on program content so suscribers can decide if it meets their personal standards. What amazes me is that there are some who will view a program and then complain to a provider over it's content.

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Posted 09 June 2010 - 06:50 AM

After a little digging found out this NPO is owned by WeissComm Group a large PR firm. As I said before, groups like this spin information to fit their own or clients needs and not necessarily "honest and true" details.

So the "message" that Star-Trek Generations is racially, gender and species intergrated... of use to parents or people who don't like that kind of thing? Just pure junk!

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Posted 09 June 2010 - 06:54 AM

Any way to turn these off? I dont care what some ultraconservatives think of the shows I watch.


Seriously? Just don't navigate to that tab. Way to over react.

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Posted 09 June 2010 - 06:58 AM

<scratches head> I dont even know what this is.
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Posted 09 June 2010 - 06:59 AM

I think these descriptions they give - have just the opposite effect.
Now I - er um ...kids can search the descriptions and make sure they don't waste time on movies without sex and violence.


Lets you hone right in on the "good stuff".

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Posted 09 June 2010 - 07:20 AM

I find the ratings are often amusing and sometimes funny. Even though they were obviously written from an ultra-conservative viewpoint they don't bother me at all.

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Posted 09 June 2010 - 07:20 AM

I swear. The last two days on this board have convinced me at least 50% of the posting members up here are brain damaged.
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Posted 09 June 2010 - 07:24 AM

Any way to turn these off? I dont care what some ultraconservatives think of the shows I watch.


Hard to say an organization is ultra conservative when they rate Modern Family as green (best rating) for Message.

Look at descriptions of shows before you decide if someone has an agenda. While I find some of their data outdated (in terms of them still having Pete Ross as a character on Smallville, but I guess they use the same data for reruns as well as first run) and the wording hilarious, I have found their ratings and information fair and they seem to find something good and useful in just about every show.
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