This blog has the Parents Television Council Seal of Disapproval

This blog has the Parents Television Council Seal of Disapproval

: Steve Rhodes sends me a tip with a link to a survey the so-called Parents Television Council is running that give us an idea what they’re all up to.

Let’s all go and spam the survey! Really: Link here and give all the wrong answers.

For my three favorite shows, I listed Howard Stern on E!, Desperate Housewives, and Deadwood.

Anyway, it’s clear that one thing they want to do is come up with a PTC Seal of Approval. Oh, God, I hope Hollywood had the balls to refuse to put that on any of its art. This is the organization that is causing millions of dollars in fines from the FCC and is plundering the First Amendment and is trying to cut off artistic freedom in this country. If an entertainment company puts that seal on its product, it is only encouraging these religonuts.

I’m betting Disney will be the first in line to do it.

They push their store with the ugliest crap this side of a rummage sale.

And, of course, never satisfied with using government to enforce their views, the PTC asks: “Would you support legislation in your state that would impose a civil or financial penalty on those who sell or rent “M” (mature) or “AO” (adults only) rated video games to children under 18 years of age?” They want to send the kid at the corner video store to jail.

I just sent in my survey. Want to bet it won’t be counted?

  • Gregg

    They want to send the kid at the corner video store to jail.
    You’re kidding, right? They ask about “civil or financial” penalties – no mention of criminal.

  • http://parentheticalremarks.blogspot.com Pete Blackwell

    And their store isn’t just about selling awful crap; it’s about sending awful messages about what a family is, too: http://parentheticalremarks.blogspot.com/2005/04/family-friendly-message-from-ptc.html

  • http://ari.typepad.com Steve Rhodes

    I should say that I saw that link when Thomas Allen Heald posted it to the TVBarn email list.
    It is worth suscribing to the ptc email list. Here is a TVBarn discussion of a PTC email calling for regulation of cable and for targeting the Shield.

  • http://www.bytehead.org/blog/ Bryan Price

    If I have never blocked a cable channel, then why should I be forced to ask whether or not I successfully blocked a cable channel. Talk about stupid!

  • http://www.newsfrombangkok.blogspot.com Walter Guest

    Good for you! I can’t understand why all blogs don’t declare war on that crap. It should cut across party lines.
    I wrote on my blog that the whole FCC should have been indicted for extortion. They are no better than gangsters.

  • Doug

    I wouldn’t make that a live link Jeff. If their web person has half a brain they’ll invalidate all the responses from this referrer.

  • http://www.ochsenhirt.com Fred

    Their survey design was as full of crap as they are. I told them I had never blocked a channel, but they wouldn’t accept my survey until I told them which channels I had (never) tried to block. So I just filled in “none”. I’d also have liked an option on the “rank these in order of importance” question for “these ideas are all crap – stay away from my TV”.

  • Cal

    “and is plundering the First Amendment…”
    And you are doing the same to them, no? Also, nice exaggeration on the “kid getting sent to jail” stuff. That’s hardly what they want. They want stores to be fined for renting adult materials to kids. As a parent of 2 I think it’s great and akin to fining and/or suspending liquor licenses of restaurants who serve minors. I don’t know how anyone could seriously consider what you write about the PTC. It seems you have them judged before you look into each issue.

  • Trent

    I do block cable channels for the safety of my family: Fox News, Headline News, CNN, MSNBC, TBN, PAX.

  • http://xenoverse.blogspot.com/ Fcb

    You can answer all the questions and remain honest, with the exception of the “list these eight things in order of preference” which lists eight things that are all despicable, and does not have an option to “marginalize self-righteous busy-body groups”.
    There are three levels of “protection” on my home cable. We prefer the third – owning the remote. Works every time.

  • http://liesandstatistics.blogspot.com Shinobi

    I created an alternate version of some of the questions on their esurvy which you can access from Here if you are interested. (I can only take 100 responses because I am poor and sad.)
    But that cable question is a problem, it is going to jack up the number of people who said NO to wether or not they were able to block channels and then they can raise the red flag. This survey sucked.

  • http://crosblog.blogspot.com Gib

    Let me join in the chorus calling shenanigans on the “putting kids in jail” comment, which is completely baseless, and hopefully just the product of a mind blinded by hatred of the PTC, rather than any deliberate deception.

  • http://thisisgoingtobebig.typepad.com Charlie O’Donnell

    I told them I blocked ESPN, The Food Network, and that raunchy Weather Channel.

  • http://www.parentstv.org Kimberly

    Yes you guys are wasting your time filling out our member survey as I can just delete the entries of people who come from this website. Also, the Seal of Approval has already been created and has been featured in marketing and on DVDs for several films. The survey is intended to collect info from our members so that we can give the info to the marketers of films.
    “When marketing a family film, it is always helpful to have the support of an organization such as the Parents Television Council.” – THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
    http://www.parentstv.org/PTC/news/2004/sealofapproval_hr.htm
    http://www.parentstv.org/PTC/awards/main.asp
    As for the video game question – Several states (including CA) and cities (including New York City) want to impose monetary fines on RETAILERS (not the employees). We are trying to find out how our members feel about this issue.
    - Kimberly (Parents Television Council Web Director)

  • FPN

    Well, Kimberly, I copied and pasted the URL so good luck finding my answers (no referrers). By the way, isn’t it blatantly dishonest to rig the results of your own survey?

  • http://michaelzimmer.blogspot.com/ Michael Zimmer

    “By the way, isn’t it blatantly dishonest to rig the results of your own survey?”
    You’re accusing her of being dishonest about tabulating a survey that you’re disonestly filling out. Nice.

  • http://www.buzzmachine.com Jeff Jarvis

    Well, Kimberly, I answered your questions honestly. And you delete me. And that proves that all your surveys and supposed popular uprisings are, well, not to put too fine a point on it, bullshit.

  • FPN

    I filled out her survey honestly, Michael. I spent more time on it than it deserved; I even gave her a real email address (more training for the Bayesian filter). It’s not my fault she won’t like my answers.

  • Eileen

    Jeff,
    Yes, she deleted you after observing your suggestion: “Let’s all go and spam the survey! Really: Link here and give all the wrong answers.”
    Surprised? Isn’t that ‘bullshit’ on your part as well?
    And weren’t you just decrying spam addressed to you a few days ago? I believe you had some choice words for spammers then.
    Interesting.
    I’ll wager that NON-PTC members/survey participants who support the PTC’s views far outnumber Stern fans in the U.S. Just a guess.
    I don’t plan to fill in the survey at anyone’s behest at all, and most assuredly not in the role of a spammer.

  • http://www.parentstv.org Kimberly

    Jeff said: Well, Kimberly, I answered your questions honestly. And you delete me. And that proves that all your surveys and supposed popular uprisings are, well, not to put too fine a point on it, bullshit.
    The survey in question is a PTC member (people who believe that there is too much sex, violence, and/or profanity on TV) survey. If I put out a survey on popular opinion I’ll be sure to send it to you, Jeff.
    Time magazine just did a popular opinion poll in it’s March 20 issue. 53 percent of respondents said that they think the FCC should place stricter controls on broadcast-channel shows depicting sex and violence. 68 percent believe the entertainment industry has lost touch with viewers’ moral standards. 66 percent said there is too much violence on open-air TV, 58 percent said too much cursing and 50 percent said there is too much sexual content on TV. 49 percent say FCC regulation should be extended to cover basic cable.
    -Kimberly (Parents Television Council Web Director)