The Leviathan has replaced your mother

This was originally posted two years ago today. Networks and cable companies have obeyed the law, spent millions of dollars and the law will go into effect next week.

Somewhere some half wit complained that “there ought to be a law” and the federal government jumped to action. The result was, as de Tocqueville, warned 175 years ago, yet another set of rules added to the surface of a society already covered with “a network of small complicated rules, minute and uniform, through which the most original minds and the most energetic characters cannot penetrate.”

Once we have a billion laws regulating our lives we should start working on our second billion. We are, after all, a nation of hothouse flowers and hothouse flowers must be protected from, well, everything.


There is no issue that is so trivial that it can’t be taken up by the central bureaucracy in its far-off capitol city. The Leviathan is there to manage your daily experience and hold you to its bosom as it rocks you gently to sleep.

Here’s a message TV viewers may not want to mute: The days of getting blasted out of one’s easy chair by blaring TV commercials may soon be over.

The House on Thursday passed a bill that would prevent advertisers from abruptly raising the volume to catch the attention of viewers wandering off when regular programming is interrupted.

The bill’s House sponsor, Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., said it was her own “earsplitting experiences” that got her involved, recalling how the ads “blew us out of the house” when she watched television, already set at a high volume, with her late parents.

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