Common Sense Media and What Constitutes Lobbying

September 14, 2010 -

In an opinion piece by the LA Times blog, Alex Pham tries to determine if Common Sense Media is an advocacy group or a lobbyist firm.

Let us go down the rabbit hole:

"..But there's another aspect to the organization. Common Sense Media has been one of the most zealous voices when it comes to encouraging state legislation limiting the sale of ultra-violent games to minors. Its chief executive, James Steyer as penned numerous letters to state and federal officials, urging them to curb kids' access to 'ultra-graphic violence' depicted in games."

The rest of the article drills down on Common Sense Media's activities from 2005 onward. What is important to note is that the company has been straddling the fence between advocacy and lobbying for years.

It has had its fingers in multiple laws directly and indirectly including the 2005 California Law which it sponsored alongside Leeland Yee; the failed 2005 Family entertainment Protection Act sponsored by Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.), Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn.) and Evan Bayh (D-Ind.); and the 2005 Illinois anti-videogame bill signed into law by convicted felon and former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (to be fair, the group only offered support via a statement within a press release).

While all of these efforts failed (save the California law which goes before the Supreme Court in November), it was not for a lack of trying on Common Sense Media’s part.

When L.A. Times solicited a comment from James Steyer, chief executive of Common Sense Media, asking for a response about game industry advocacy groups calling it a lobbying firm, he said: that it amounted to "efforts to try to muzzle our voice for millions of parents and educators will only make our support stronger for California’s and other state's efforts to protect the best interests of children and families."

Read the rest of the article here. It is an interesting dissection of Common Sense Media's practices over the years.


Comments

Re: Common Sense Media and What Constitutes Lobbying

He's so, orange.

Re: Common Sense Media and What Constitutes Lobbying

They make up evidence.

They make up causes.

They make up panics.

Lobby? Advocacy?  Irrelevent.. they exist in order to give their upper members power and that is it.   The actual cause is interchangable.

Re: "Common Sense" Media and What Constitutes Lobbying

No offense, but "CS"M couldn't have a better picture of James Steyer taken so that he didn't look like a creepy little bastard or a potential pedophile? (Note: I was not saying he was one even though his group essentially is no different than NAMBLA with its "for the children" bullshit.)

But seriously, this article makes his group look like the PTC ripoff it is. Even the quote in the article sounds like something that piece of garbage the PTC calls its president Tim Winter would say. 

Makes you wonder how much of a role that they played into the dirty politics Leland Yee played to get that piece of shit bill signed into law(including whether they were involved in the illegal substitution of Assemblymen to get the bill out of committee) and how much they gave Schwarzenegger in campaign contributions to sign it.

Geaux Saints, Geaux Tigers, Geaux Hornets, Jack Thompson can geaux chase a chupacabra. Hell will stay frozen over for quite a while since the Saints won the Super Bowl.

Geaux Saints, Geaux Tigers, Geaux Pelicans. Solidarity for the Saints = No retreat, no surrender. 2013 = Saints' revenge on the NFL. Even through the darkest days, this fire burns always.

 
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IronPatriotBut hey, you're welcome.05/29/2015 - 5:23am
Andrew EisenEZK did say he didn't find any info on the appeals process. And if all he did was look at the ratings process part of the ESRB's website, he wouldn't have. That's where I would have looked too. But hey, thanks for being thorough and finding the info.05/29/2015 - 5:01am
Andrew EisenDude, again. I am NOT saying there is no appeals process. THERE OBVIOUSLY IS. All I am saying is that the appeals process is not described in the ratings process part of the ESRB's website.05/29/2015 - 4:59am
IronPatriotI googled appeal esrb.org and it is the first and third hits. Second is esrb talking about appeals for web publishers. Gamefaqs is fourth.05/29/2015 - 4:01am
IronPatriotZachary said he did not find any information about a formal appeals process. I did a simple search and found two places on the esrb site with the info. Just sayin.05/29/2015 - 3:57am
IronPatriotOn Google I get "1 Written Testimony of Patricia E. Vance President ... - ESRB" http://www.esrb.org/about/news/downloads/pvtestimony_6_14_06.pdf05/29/2015 - 3:55am
Andrew EisenNow, that post on GameFAQs was made four years ago. It appears the ESRB has since moved the appeals process stuff behind the publisher login on its website.05/29/2015 - 3:32am
Andrew EisenOh, third link on the Google search. Okay. That leads to a GameFAQs message board which quotes a section of the ESRB website that includes a description of the appeals process. But when you follow the link, that quote doesn't exist.05/29/2015 - 3:30am
Andrew EisenThird link down from what? Look, I'm not arguing the existance of an appeals process. There obviously is one. I was merely noting that it's odd that it isn't described on the website's ratings process section but it is on the mobile site.05/29/2015 - 3:25am
IronPatriotOK, so use the third link down, which describes the appeals process and is not on the mobile site"Publishers also have the ability to appeal an ESRB rating assignment to an Appeals Board, which is made up of publishers, retailers and other professionals."05/29/2015 - 2:47am
Andrew EisenRight, which links to the ESRB's mobile site. On the website (again, unless I'm overlooking it) the appeals process is locked behind the publisher login.05/29/2015 - 2:37am
IronPatriotHuh? Google "appeals esrb". It is the first link. Click it. No login requested.05/29/2015 - 2:31am
Andrew EisenInteresting. It's on the mobile site but unless I'm overlooking it, I don't see it under the Ratings Process on the web site. It is under the publishers section but you can't access it without a login.05/29/2015 - 2:13am
IronPatriot"Publishers also have the ability to appeal an ESRB rating assignment to an Appeals Board made up of publishers, retailers and other professionals. " Esrb05/29/2015 - 2:01am
IronPatriotZachary, did you look on the esrb site? The esrb appeals process pops up when you search "esrb appeals" http://m.esrb.org/faq_09.php05/29/2015 - 2:00am
Andrew EisenThe humor reminds me a lot of Axe Cop.05/29/2015 - 1:37am
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E. Zachary KnightWonder, I know you can revise content and resubmit it, but I can't findany information about a formal appeals process.05/28/2015 - 7:27pm
Wonderkarpever wonder if there's an appeals process for AO?05/28/2015 - 6:55pm
Matthew WilsonDanny and Andy play the first couple of levels of the upcoming Hatred http://www.gamespot.com/videos/hatred-gamespot-plays/2300-6425016/ imho it does not look like it should be AO.05/28/2015 - 5:57pm
 

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