House Votes To Ban TV Ads From Increasing Volume

The House has voted to act on a common annoyance:

The House on Tuesday voted to level off the abrupt spikes in volume felt by television viewers during commercial breaks.

The bill – approved by a voice vote – is aimed at stopping TV ads from playing noticeably louder than programs.

“It’s very frustrating,” said Rep. Rick Boucher, Virginia Democrat. “It’s an annoying experience, and something really should be done about it.”

Irritated by loud commercials, Rep. Anna G. Eshoo, California Democrat, drafted the measure after discovering it was a common complaint with the Federal Communications Commission.

While I agree with the complaints, this is an area where we don’t really need the government to solve all of life’s nuisances.

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  1. 1
    BobM says:

    Check your headline.  I believe you have 2 typos.
    “House Votes To Van TV Ads From Increasing Volumn”
    Looks like it should be ‘Ban’ and ‘Volume’

  2. 2
    Ron Chusid says:

    Yes, two typos. I wrote this very quickly as I received the link just before running out of the office, and then I wasn’t back to the blog after wards (which is when I sometimes pick up typos which I might have missed when posting).

  3. 3
    Leslie Parsley says:

    I know this is a nothing-kind-of-thing, but I’m rather glad it’s coming into being – after over 30 years of discussion.

    I’m always amused that people who don’t appear to have a blog are so quick to point out typos. Obviously they’ve never worked under the gun, or when they did, they had an editor to check their work.

  4. 4
    Infidel753 says:

    Why in the world do advertisers think it’s a good idea to annoy people with volume increases in the first place?

  5. 5
    Ron Chusid says:

    Many people do watch tv passively while also doing other things. It very will could be the case that the increased volume does cause more people to notice the commercials. It just makes me try to be even quicker at hitting the fast forward button.

  6. 6
    Ron Chusid says:


    Plus the big difference between blogging and professional writing is that we have to squeeze it in whenever possible–often trying to get out posts with very little time. If a blog was one’s sole activity it would be much easier to double check everything before posting.

    I’m just surprised that the spell check in WordPress doesn’t include post titles, considering that spell checking is usually the easiest way to catch typos.

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    BobM says:

    Leslie, here’s some info for you.  In my whole life (so far) there have been exactly two times that I’ve commented on typos.  Both times is was this blog.
    The first time it was not the headline… it was within the text.  That particular typo totally reversed the point that Ron was trying to make.
    I pointed out the one today because it was in the headline which I thought important to make known.
    To me it looks more like you jumping the gun 😉

  8. 8
    Ron Chusid says:


    Your comments weren’t really a problem. Some people send rude comments to blogs after finding such errors, as if they were paying for the material and entitled to perfection. I wonder if Leslie also has received similar complaints, motivating her response.

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