I heard today via my boss that the upcoming Playstation3 will feature parental controls that, apparently, will give parents the ability to block their kiddies from playing Grand Theft Auto. Unsuprisingly, this sent me on a tirade.
Really, what's the frickin' point? Parents in this country have repeatedly proven inept, incomptent and insane when it comes to dealing with the television (and peripherals) and their children. Every damn television made for almost a decade now comes with a V-chip, every tv show comes with a prominent rating, cable boxes allow channels to be accessible via password only, DVD players can restrict viewing to PG-13 or lower, and what do we get for this congressionally mandated (or strongly encouraged) technological toolbox? You get Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin Martin saying to Congress:
"You can always turn the television off and, of course, block the channels you don't want, but why should you have to?"
Sure, why should you when your government can do it for you?*
Can we please get rid of these jokers now? Preferably with pitchforks and torches? I mean, I know the Republicans had already morphed into mid-1980s style big government Democrats, but this is just ridiculous. Now they've turned into Tipper Gore.
I'm so upset I need to go work off some steam with a little Mortal Kombat. Toasty!
*Edited for a bit of clarity.