Reel Change in The Atlantic

I’m back in The Atlantic with an analysis of the recent change in the MPAA ratings system. Here is an excerpt:

“If anything, advertising that a movie has “grisly violence” or “strong sexual content” could make teenagers want to see it more. As a child, I remember scanning the content descriptions beneath cable movie listings to see whether any had enough adult content for it to be worth my while. The MPAA’s new labels will not stop anyone from seeing movies with adult content; it will only save children the trouble of squinting.”

You can read the full article on The Atlantic’s entertainment channel.

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