Censorship of the Internet Essay

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Should the Internet Be Censored?
When the internet was conceived in the last century (boy, that sure makes it seem a lot older than it is, doesn't it?) it began as a free and open exchange of information. The original intent was to connect universities and military installations together to freely exchange data. The invention of the web continued that intention. This is supported by the lack of security in TCP/IP and in the early web specifications.

I know it seems strange now, but there was a time, not too long ago, when there was no pornography on the internet. In fact, all of the hate, pornographic and similar sites are actually rather new (less than half a dozen years in most cases). There was no need or tolerance for this kind of
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I sometimes wonder how quickly the internet would gave grown without this kind of material?

Think about it for a moment. Pornographic theaters died because video became available (who wants to watch this kind of stuff in public anyway?). Now, with the advent of the internet, you don't even need to be embarrassed at the video store - you can just call it up over your phone line! No one will know!

The major problem is this material is available to anyone - even children. There are lame attempts to place restrictions (enter a credit card number, for example) but they don't work very well and many sites simply do not care. Oh yes, they do pay lip service and pretend that they do not allow children to get into their sites - but it's about as easy to get around as looking behind a curtain.

Which brings us to the theme of this article? Should this material be available? And if so, should children be allowed to view it?

To me the answer to the first question is obvious. Of course the material should be available. I do not believe in censorship at this level. I will concede that some censorship is necessary - people do not have the right to yell "fire" in a crowded theater, for example.

But wait a minute, you say? All of this material needs to be removed from the net? It's the only moral and ethical thing to do!

I agree with you, partially. Pornography is one of the things that is damaging this country. It weakens the bonds between family members, especially

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