Notes From Babel

Regulate First, Ask Questions Later

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Here’s an unusually trivial topic: the volume of television commercials.  Kevin Drum thinks they’re too loud and ought to be regulated.  I disagree.  As usual, he’s all too eager to give the government a new facet of life to regulate, no matter how trivial.  And this even though he concedes there are market alternatives that he just wasn’t aware of.  (“‘[T]here are various technological solutions from companies like Dolby and SRS that help keep TV volumes on a more even keel.’  Really?  I didn’t know that.”)  I remember first seeing TV’s with audio leveling technology to address this very problem many years ago.

You’d think if it were important enough to regulate, it would be important enough to have done a minimal amount of poking around to discover there was already a solution to the problem.

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Written by Tim Kowal

October 13, 2009 at 10:08 pm

Posted in Regulation

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