Cyber chip

Essay by GurBOUniversity, Bachelor'sB+, December 1997

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What is a V-chip? This term has become a buzz word for any discussion evolving

telecommunications regulation and television ratings, but not too many reports define the

new technology in its fullest form. A basic definition of the V-chip; is a microprocessor

that can decipher information sent in the vertical blanking of the NTSC signal,

purposefully for the control of violent or controversial subject matter. Yet, the span of

the new chip is much greater than any working definition can encompass. A discussion of the

V-chip must include a consideration of the technical and ethical issues, in addition to

examining the constitutionally of any law that might concern standards set by the US

government. Yet in the space provided for this essay, the focus will be the technical

aspects and costs of the new chip. It is impossible to generally assume that the V-chip

will solve the violence problem of broadcast television or that adding this little device

to every set will be a first amendment infringement.

We can, however, find clues through

examining the cold facts of broadcast television and the impact of a mandatory regulation

on that free broadcast. 'Utilizing the EIA's Recommended Practice for Line 21 Data

Service(EIA-608) specification, these chips decode EDS (Extended Data Services)program

ratings, compare these ratings to viewer standards, and can be programmed to take a variety

of actions, including complete blanking of programs.' Is one definition of the V-chip from

Al Marquis of Zilog Technology. The FCC or Capitol Hill has not set any standards for

V-chip technology; this has allowed many different companies to construct chips that are

similar yet not exact or possibly not compatible. Each chip has advantages and

disadvantages for the rating's system, soon to be developed. For example, some units use

onscreen programming such as...