Friday, February 24, 2006

Still Waiting for the "OJ Chip"

'V-Chip 2.0' turns on In March

23 Feb 2006 23:54

Beginning on March 15, the FCC says it will require all new products with digital television receivers - including TVs, video recorders and set-top boxes - to incorporate parental control capabilities by way of a new "open" version of the V-chip that can be reprogrammed to adapt to changing standards.

The V-chip, a small device that allowed televisions to filter out content, was first introduced as part of the 1996 Telecommunications Act.

I'm still waiting for the "OJ" chip. The OJ chip, for those of you who don't know, will allow the user to filter out whatever ridiculous news item that all the news networks conspire to repeat ad nauseum, whether it is OJ Simpson, the runaway bride, or Michael Jackson's trial.

The OJ chip will have real social benefit. It will force the news organizations to spend some time on meaningful stories, not the tripe they keep trying to feed us.