Rather than brand media (film, television, novels, art) with assumed age guestimations
G, PG, PG-13, PG-17, R, X, Adult, Young Adult, Middlegrade, Childrens, Mature Audience, General Audience, and so-on-and-so-forth, we should simply state what is contained within the media and then mark the following checkboxes (or initialisms) on the labels.
- XSX: explicit sexual situations
- ISX: implied sexual situations
- XNU: explicit nudity
- BNU: brief nudity
- XDU: explicit drug and/or alcohol use
- IDU: implied drug and/or alcohol use
- XLA: profane language
- SLA: strong language
- XVI: explicit violence
- SVI: strong violence
- MVI: violence against minors
- XMO: explicit mortality
- IMO: implied mortality
- XCB: explicit criminal behavior
- ICB: implied criminal behavior
Using such a list would standardize all media regardless of form. Then, rather than have media judged by some arbitrary age restriction (what IS a young adult novel anyway?) the consumer could know the content parameters (or metadata) and choose for themselves (or their children).
Want to watch the movie Fury? Well, Fury would be: ISX, XLA, XVI, MVI, XMO
Harry Potter novels? IDU, SVI, IMO (some are XMO)
Raiders of the Lost Ark? XDU, SLA, XVI, XMO
Are there a few other tags we should include? XAX – extreme anxiety inducing perhaps?
Want to tag a few more media items?