ERIC Number: ED463862
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jul-20
Reference Count: N/A
An Examination of the Entertainment Industry's Efforts To Curb Children's Exposure to Violent Content. Hearing before the Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet of the Committee on Energy and Commerce. House of Representatives, One Hundred Seventh Congress, First Session.
Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
This hearing's transcripts compile testimony given before the Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet of the Committee on Energy and Commerce on the entertainment industry's efforts to curb children's exposure to violent content, especially those of the music industry. The hearing began with statements from the chairman of the subcommittee and other legislators regarding the findings of the Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) April, 2001 report to Congress. Statements or testimony were then presented by: (1) the associate director of advertising practices for the Federal Trade Commission, who described the findings of 2 studies regarding the marketing of violent entertainment products to children and the status of the current review of advertising placements and disclosure of ratings information in advertising; (2) the president of Interactive Digital Software Association, who emphasized that most videogame players are over age 18 and that most games do not contain violent content, and also described the efforts of the videogame industry to regulate its marketing plans; (3) the president of the Motion Picture Association of America, who highlighted parental responsibility for guiding their children's entertainment selections, current satisfaction with the rating system developed over 30 years ago, and the industry's current marketing initiatives; (4) the president of the Recording Industry Association of America, who focused on efforts of the music industry to label music releases containing explicit lyrics with a parental advisory logo and responded to criticisms presented in the FTC reports; (5) a senior vice-president for Wal-Mart Stores, who presented information on Wal-Mart's policies regarding the types of products they carry and its age verification policy; and (6) the executive director of a national grass roots organization to inform the entertainment industry of unacceptable levels of violence in entertainment, who urged the subcommittee to do its part in stopping the marketing of violent entertainment to children. Following testimony and prepared statements, witnesses answered questions from the subcommittee members related to the lack of a consistent rating across entertainment media and the music industry's marketing of edited versus unedited products. Additional materials were submitted by the Video Software Dealers Association. (KB)
Descriptors: Age Groups, Children, Federal Legislation, Federal Regulation, Government Role, Hearings, Mass Media Effects, Parent Role, Video Games, Violence
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Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
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Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Committee on Energy and Commerce.