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Finally, Congress is trying to do something right

television.jpgNow here’s a piece of legislation this TV Whore can get behind — Senator Roger Wicker, from Mississippi, has introduced legislation “that would require the Federal communications Commission to bar commercials from being broadcast at louder volumes than the program material they accompany.” Wicker has cutely titled his legislation the Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation Act (the “CALM Act”), and says it’s “a common sense approach to a problem that plagues” families across this fine TV-loving country of ours. Amen brother, amen.

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I'd like them to append something about banning all commercials for feminine hygiene products. As I woman, I know all about them...and I don't think the guys really need or want all that info. Just saying.

I would much rather they ban all those pop up ads and watermarks that obscure the bottoms and corners of the screen. I know what channel I am watching and I don't need reminders of what to watch (or not) later...

All great ideas, if only we could pass legislation to ban anything that slightly annoyed us, then this country would truly be great.

The watermarks are sometimes called bugs. Because they look like a tiny bug in the corner, and bug the s**t out of you. The pop ups are called snipes, and neither of them will ever dissappear. They'll just keep cropping up as ways to promote or generate advertising revenue. Combine it with squeezebacks, those small banners at the end of shows that compress the video on screen, and you have crap popping up all the time.

Not to mention those TBS pause ads that apparently exist, stopping shows for a few seconds to promote something.

Not much to say on these things, working at a TV station, they are as annoying to program in for the day as they are to watch at home.

This is one of the most important pieces of legislation of this generation. When did the ability to think up clever acronyms become a prerequisite for being in the legislature, though?

I'm impressed they actually came up with something somewhat smart. I think I would even be okay if they banned those ads on FX and such that take up half the screen.