August 5, 2001
For the average concerned parent, America's video game-movie-television-compact disc rating system has been aptly called an alphabet soup. Quick - what do these symbols represent? R, TVMA, M. Most moviegoers know R means a restricted movie, suitable for those 17 and older. But only savvy ratings watchers may know that TVMA is roughly the equivalent of R for television shows and that M is basically an R for home-use video games. Throw in color-coded ratings for arcade video games and parental advisory stickers for music products, and then add TV rating letters - S for sexual situations, FV for fantasy violence, and so on. The result is a mixed-up multi-media ratings system producing dizziness rather than clarity for parents and culture consumers attempting to assess how much violence, sex and foul language is about to be dumped in their or their children's laps.
February 11, 1997 |
Something weird happened when I was viewing late-night reruns of "thirtysomething," that broody TV drama from the 1980s. Before the episode began, an unusual message flashed across the screen: Due to adult themes, viewer discretion is advised. Or something like that. As a devoted rerun addict of this series, I knew the warning was not a regular feature of a show that was always about adult themes, as its title aptly suggests. This episode opened with a couple in bed. First, there was the kissing scene.
March 1, 1996 |
Under pressure from politicians and the public, the nation's television executives said yesterday they would develop a ratings system to guide parents concerned about the sexual and violent content of shows. "They're handing the TV remote control back to America's parents," President Clinton said after meeting for two hours with 30 entertainment executives at the White House. Clinton hailed the decision to rate programs, similarly to the way movies are now rated, as a "powerful tool" for parents.
September 15, 1998 |
The Philadelphia Board of Education yesterday named an outside review panel to evaluate its complex and controversial three-year-old school rating system. The six-member panel will be made up of national experts on education and chaired by Andrew Porter, a University of Wisconsin professor and the director of the Center for Education Research. Over the next several months, the panel will scrutinize the school district's performance index. That index tracks SAT-9 test scores, student and staff attendance, and promotion and dropout rates, then calculates goals for improvement for each school, cluster and the district as a whole.
December 2, 2002 |
As I sit at the kitchen table scanning the newspaper, my 11-year-old son walks into the room. I instinctively grab something to cover the paper as he comes over to me. Why? Because so often the headlines and news stories just aren't appropriate for him to read. Think of some of the biggest news stories of the last few months: pedophile priests in the Catholic Church, children kidnapped from their bedrooms, and a sniper randomly shooting people in and around Washington. Newspapers aren't the only offenders.
August 1, 1999 |
Question: It seems to me that if you look at the horsepower ratings of the performance cars of 30 years ago, and those of today, we really haven't made that much progress in performance terms. Would you agree? Answer: Nope. First of all, comparing the horsepower of those cars with contemporary machinery is mixing automotive apples and oranges. Back then, the horsepower ratings were obtained from very unrealistic dynamometer trials intended to maximize the rating. The engines exhausted into big collectors, thereby eliminating the power-robbing back pressure created by their mufflers.
March 13, 1997 |
Last week, Linda Mangold checked out the goofy alien hit 3rd Rock From the Sun, which airs at 8 p.m. Sundays and is rated TVPG. Although the rating indicates a need for parental guidance, Mangold was "floored" by what she saw. "They said 'suck,' 'damn' . . . 'hookers.' They compared cheerleaders to hookers. I was like, 'Oh, my God,' " said Mangold, a homemaker who lives in West Chester with her children, ages 6 and 8. Mangold said such language merited a stricter rating - a TV14.
June 26, 2002 |
Federal researchers said yesterday that they would conduct a five-year study of the conditions that lead to wildfires in the Pinelands - scene of a 1,300-acre blaze that caused as much as $1 million in property damage this month. The study is needed because the federal five-tier rating system for fire danger, which is accurate in most parts of the country, does not work well in New Jersey's 1.1-million-acre preserve. In most places, rain tends to lessen the chance of fire on a given day, said John Hom, who will lead the study for the U.S. Forest Service.
December 10, 1993 |
As Americans become more alarmed by violence and politicians assail those who turn it into entertainment, the industry is taking a second look at its movies, television programs, music and even video games. Yesterday, shortly before a Senate panel began a hearing on the effect of violent or sexually explicit video games, a coalition of 140 manufacturers and distributors offered to set up a rating system. They proposed labels of GA for a general audience including young children; MA-13, for more mature audiences over 13 years of age, and MA-17 for those over 17. "The market does not need and the public does not want another government entity to be created for this purpose," Ilene Rosenthal, general counsel for the Software Publishers Association, said.
October 28, 2014 |
It had been a tumultuous weekend for UberX, the ride-sharing service that was launched in Philadelphia Friday despite a ban from the Philadelphia Parking Authority. Customers were plentiful. But so was the backlash from regulators, who sent a series of curt tweets threatening to impound UberX drivers' cars - and then making good on it in a sting operation, seizing six vehicles and fining each driver $1,000. By Monday morning, drivers were nothing if not cautious. One declined an interview, leaving an Inquirer reporter with a $7 receipt for a 13-second ride.