Acceptable level of TV violence is ever shifting for viewers, execs
UNLIKE SEX AND LANGUAGE ISSUES, WHICH THE FCC REGULATES, TV VIOLENCE IS DECIDED BY THE NETWORKS. SOME HAVE STANDARDS DEPARTMENTS TO GUIDE THEM, OTHER LET VIEWERS DECIDE WHAT IS PERMISSIBLE TO SHOW.
In the wake of December's Connecticut school shootings, TV violence has moved back into the policy debate. The head of the National Rifle Assn. controversially attacked the entertainment industry — including music videos and video games — for portraying "murder as a way of life.