Should Music Videos be Rated by the State? (2011), by Sean Gabb

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Sean Gabb on LBC with Kevin Maguire, on Friday the 3rd June 2011, to discuss whether it would be a good idea to introduce a rating scheme for music videos and computer games.

Sean says no for these reasons:

  1. It is reasonable to assume that anyone who uses the "protecting the kiddies" argument is really interested in controlling adults;
  2. Ratings will have no effect, as many of these things are now downloaded from the Internet;
  3. Christians deceive themselves when they think the authorities are fundamentally on their side. The moment you ask for a control to be imposed, you put your trust in people you have never seen, who are not accountable to you, who probably do not share your own values, and who will, sooner or later, use the control you have demanded in ways that you find surprising or shocking.