What gave you the idea for inventing the V-Chip?
When you invented the V-Chip, did you think that it would become a law in the U.S.? What did you think of that?
If the V-Chip was not meant to be mandatory, how did you intend for it to be used?
Have a lot of people called to complain
about the use of the V-Chip?
Not really. There has been some opposition from broadcasters who claim that the chip will cause a money loss. The legislation had already forced the broadcasters to create a rating code, however, so the chip is not a major affliction to the industry.
Why do you think TV violence has increased
over the years?
Overall, Im not sure why.
Many people against the V-Chip say that
kids are smart enough to find a way around the chip, like reprogramming it. What's
your opinion on that?
There is a way to get around any technology. On this chip, there is a personal disable ID code with a number for one person in the household. Only that person can disarm it.
and the TV networks in our country say that the V-Chip goes against the First
Amendment. What do you think?
I dont think it does, but then again, Im Canadian! Im not saying you cant broadcast certain programs, just help to control them.
Do you think that TV violence causes kids
to behave violently?
I think it effects you. If you spend hours practicing piano, you might be a concert pianist. If you spend hours practicing or playing hockey, you might be an N.H.L. player. Its the same with TV; if you spend hours watching violence, youll be more aggressive.
Since all of our questions have been
serious, we'd like to ask; what is your favorite TV show?
I dont watch it a lot. During the summer, we un-plugged it, and havent plugged it back in. If we hadnt done that, Id probably watch hockey.
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