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Common Sense Ratings

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by wilbur_the_goose, Jun 8, 2010.

  1. dirtyblueshirt

    dirtyblueshirt Under Suspicion

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    Judging by your quote you feel people shouldn't be free to express their opinions, yet you just aired your own. That's what makes this country great.

    But back to the topic at hand... there was apparently a group of people who thought Common Sense Ratings would be a good idea. Some don't. Personally, I do wish there was a way to turn it off, since I don't need to know that everything I watch is "iffy" or "not for kids". I'm a 28 year old single male in the Navy (we have a reputation to uphold, you know), (we won't go into the 'single' dilemma right now...) but it would stand to reason that I don't need to know if my watching habits are safe for children.

    ...Though I would like to see Common Sense Media descriptions on the 'adult' channels, just to see that they think :lol:
     
  2. hilmar2k

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    I still don't unerstand the desire to have it turned off. It is turned off by default. You have to go to the tab to access it. Just don't do that. You have to be proactive to see that information.
     
  3. tonyd79

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    But, oh my, it takes up some space on the screen (that is normally not used anyway).

    What is next, complaining about the TV-PG rating on the top banner?
     
  4. dirtyblueshirt

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    Actually, it's not turned off, I was not referring to the full writeups, but their warning in the info banner, which is prevalent wether you want to see it or not:

     
  5. Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

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    tonyd79, a little snarky but well put. I think this feature will help some people decide what to watch with their kids, and for the rest, it's not terribly obtrusive.
     
  6. dirtyblueshirt

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    How many warnings or different ratings do you need before you start complaining? The way this trends, you'll have a rating by the TV Censors, the conservatives, the liberals, the stoners, the parents, the kids, the teachers... Everyone's opinion on TV programming beamed right in front of you every time you press 'play'.
     
  7. DogLover

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    Just think that one day one of your Navy buddies is going to be up a creek, and you'll be the only one available to watch their kid for a few hours. Now you'll know what's appropriate for them to watch. (And you'll have an "out" when they ask "why did you let them watch that?") :lol:
     
  8. JeffBowser

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    Absolutely not the case, but thanks for assuming the worst. I can in reverse say you don't think the ratings people should be able to express their opinions. As others have pointed out, there is nothing forcing you to go look at the details, or even avail yourself of the service. I admire and strongly support your service to our country, but someday you will grow up, perhaps have a family of your own, and maybe see the other side of things with these ratings. You have yet to experience a kids pained look and embarrassed exit from a family room when some TV show early in the evening gets overly raunchy. It's nice to know when to expect something like that, and these shows are getting increasingly child unfriendly at an alarming pace.

     
  9. hilmar2k

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    Well said. While I have always been against someone telling what is and isn't appropriate, having children changes all of that. I can also appreciate someone wanting to be able to turn it off, but it is hardly the end of the world if you can't. It barely noticeable without actually going to the tab itself.
     
  10. jerrylove56

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    Just curious if this group is trying to protect young viewers or trying to spin viewers toward certain programming by using "buzz-words" and prejudices .
     
  11. hilmar2k

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    That was one of my first thoughts, but after reading a bunch of the ratings, I don't think there are any ulterior motives.
     
  12. DogLover

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    I have to agree with hilmar2k. i did not see any of that in those that I have read. But, you really should read them and judge for yourself. Pick shows that you are familiar with and see what you think of the descriptions.
     
  13. JeffBowser

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    Or don't read them at all. Jeez, it's not like they are making any decisions for you, they are just offering up their assessment for your use (or non-use).
     
  14. tonyd79

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    I agree. Before jumping to conclusions, I actually READ the writeups. I saw a list of facts (and ones that seemed rather accurate for shows I know about) and in every show, a way to use the situation as a learning experience.

    For example, 30 Rock. While it is not what the show is about, they suggest that you can talk to your kids and discuss how programs get on the air, how they are greenlit, what makes them worthy of air time.

    Wow. What a concept, using a subject matter to actually engage with your kid and ask them what they think.

    They are also one of the few rankings that I have seen that clearly delineates sex from violence, etc. You can focus on the items you think are important in your decisions making.

    As for it giving you the ratings on the main INFO screen that some are complaing about (which tells me that they are either overly picky or have perfect lives is this is what they complain abuot). Big deal. They are using space that was dead to begin with. There was nothing there before.
     
  15. wilbur_the_goose

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    (PS - all I was looking for was info on where the ratings were located)
     
  16. hilmar2k

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    C'mon, you've been around long enough to know how simple threads can go off on a crazy tangent. :lol:
     
  17. Directvlover

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    I personally find them nice. With elementary age kids in my house I can quick pop it up, get the cliff notes of anything possibly questionable about it....even a listing of swear words used in them if any. Needless to say if anything like that is in the show, they ain't watching it anyway. Anyone who has a real problem with this either doesn't have small kids....or are the people whose kids say bad words at school and have my kids coming home and asking me what the words mean. Sigh.
     
  18. MysteryMan

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    The new parental feature is so informative that it gives you everything except the ending. I looked up the rating of a NCIS rerun and had to scroll down three times to read it all! Personally I found it comical. But parents and selective viewers should find it useful.
     
  19. Hoosier205

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    Oh my...who cares? No one is forcing you to read them. Just ignore the ratings if you don't like them. I know they are there, but I never even notice them.
     
  20. mdavej

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    So where in the heck are they (excuse my language)? I can't find them. Anybody got a screen-shot?
     

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