1/20/2011 1:36 AM
McAdams On: Legislating Loudness Levels
There is an old adage that any company that gets a union, earned it through action. By the same token, government (in this case, will-of-the-people) steps in when industry gets abusive or sloppy. Common sense, as you have advocated, would also advocate that commercial enterprises would have the sense not to have commercials that make the public change stations, mute, and otherwise resent the intrusion. This is counter to the point of advertising.
The more recent level of bad technical control should be covered by the broadcasters/cable operators/etc. As they did not, people complained first to that source and then to their representatives.
Guess which one acted. It would, however, be nice if more folks complained to their representatives about more significant injustices. Did you?