Television ratings have been a controversial subject for many years?
Why? Well I don’t exactly know why. There is no easy explanation, no one-reason answer. I just took the final for this class I was taking this semester at my university. It was a gender studies class called Sex in the American Culture. Don’t ask me why I took the class; I still have no answer for that either seeing how I’m an accounting major. But it actually ended up be a really deep and critical thinking course that enlightened me to no end.
One of our final discussions were about television ratings. These ratings are based on content, and indicate what ages it is suitable for. While a series can have a whole rating, often times ratings are based per episode and can frequently change or jump around depending on what the particular episode features.
Pretty straight forward and simple, so I won’t continue to bore you with logistics. Nevertheless, I believe that rating have become irrelevant and quite frankly, even a burden at times. Maybe at one point, ratings served a greater purpose. But today, in our modern day, I don’t think that is the case anymore. Now, before I continue with my reasons, I am not suggesting that we eliminate them entirely. Ratings do serve a purpose to some degree, but have lost their effectiveness. If someone can come up with a more effective alternative to ratings, then great but that person is not me.
The internet is great because it has just about everything and anything a person could want. Enough said. If our children can stumble across porn or R-Rated films such as The Wolf Of Wallstreet, then they can stumble upon anytime television episode they want despite the rating. Sure, sometimes a website can administer a question and ask “are you over the age of 18” but let’s be honest, we all know it’s not that hard to lie over the internet.
Family-Based Home Entertainment
Netflix. Hulu. On Demand. iTunes. These are all providers of home television entertainment. We are enabling our kids to watch whatever they want (once again, despite ratings) right in the comfort of our own homes. And whether we choose to regulate what our kids watch or not, the truth of the matter is, the access is already there and kids will always try to find a way.
Lack of Supervision: Parents’ Role
Ratings are determined, but whether or not they are put into effect depends on the parents. Parents can only do so much and fail to even regulate television for their children. If the parents aren’t doing anything, then the ratings aren’t doing anything.
Burden for Television Makers
Ratings can really hinder the success of an episode or series. Ratings get in the way and censor the craft that these executives make. And for what? So ratings can be neglected or ignored? Doesn’t seem really worth it to me, or any of these television makers that must constantly fight against the ratings.