Internet Censorship

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Internet Censorship

The Internet is a wonderful place of entertainment and education, but like all
places where people conspire, there are some corners that people would prefer children
not to explore. World society as a whole attempts to protect children, yet there are no
required technological constraints to Internet surfing. In a civilization where people have
become demented and twisted, aiming to please themselves with naked pictures of
women and children, it may be necessary to censor this material for the moral
advancement of our society as a whole.
The Internet was originally a place for people to freely express their ideas
worldwide, and it has become one of America's most useful tools. Scientists use email
for quick and convenient communication. They can post their current scientific
discoveries on the web and others in the same field can know in minutes. But at the
same time, adults who spend the majority of their pathetic lives in their mom's
basements, can post pictures of naked women for all to see. Since the Internet is open to
virtually anyone, it is incredibly easy for children to be exposed to this material. Whether
or not this material is damaging to children, or anyone for that matter, can not be
determined. The Internet itself is completely amoral, but its what the people do with it
that make it good or bad.
As a whole, the Internet is incredibly useful and informative. Anything that you
could ever wish to know, can be found somewhere on the net. This surplus of
information is useful for students, teachers, doctors, lawyers or basically anyone in any
field who wishes to become more informed. Though it is sometimes quite difficult to
find the information you are looking for, primarily because of all the porn that you have
to stumble through, it is a consequence that comes with the use of this extraordinary
tool. The information is out there, and when the right amount of time is invested, it can
be obtained.
The media is giving a mixed message on censorship of the Internet. It really
depends on what you are reading. Most newspapers and magazines take an objective
standpoint, but the Internet as a whole seems to oppose it. Most people don't want to
censor themselves or the things that they are looking at, and this is certainly
understandable. I found a drastic majority of sites on the net opposed to censorship than
I did for those who were for it. People seem to enjoy freedom of speech and they should
be able to. On-line systems give people far more genuinely free speech than ever before
in human history (Corn-Reverse 71). This is very true. If the government were to take
action to censor the Internet, they would be acting unconstitutionally and would face
hearings in front of the Supreme Court. This is why they do not take direct action
towards complete censorship of the net.
It must also be understood that censoring the net is technologically impossible.
As described by Allison and Baxter, Any computer Science graduate can create a
completely secure encryption system for their own purposes. The material can even be
disguised, for example hidden inside a perfect picture (Allison and Baxter 6). If a
person wants to publish offensive material on the Internet, then they will find a way. The
same thing happened during prohibition. Though alcohol was illegal, it still made its
way into the United States.
Also, censorship of the Internet would be a complete contradiction. Pornography
is legal in videos and magazines, so it would be inconsistent to ban the Internet
equivalents. People should be able to restrict the information flow into their homes.
They should be able to exclude any subject matter that they do not want their children to
see. But sooner or later, those children will be exposed to everything that they have been
shielded from, and they will have to deal with these shocking sights with their
uncultivated moral standards. Everyone will sooner or later be exposed to something that
they find offensive, so there is really no reason to attempt avoidance. These sights will
be drastically more horrific for someone who wasn't exposed to them at an earlier age,
than someone who was and has learned how to deal with them.
The government should maintain their hands off policy on this issue. It should
be the parents full and complete responsibility to censor their child's Internet use. If the
parent does not wish to or is unable to supervise their child's

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