Children and the Censorship of Internet Pornography Essay

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The Internet is a global network of vast information. With a few clicks, an individual can have access to up to 200 million web-sites filled with educational and recreational information. The Internet is not regulated in anyway (Carnegie Library 1). It is accessible throughout the entire world from the North to the South, to the early morning sunrise and dark sunsets. Different ethnicity and backgrounds come together linked upon this network resembling a connection of one body in unity. Sadly, issues arise creating concern for users, focusing particularly on minors. Pornography is one of the inappropriate materials on the Internet for minors. This material is harmful to young impressionable minds. Pornography is tearing and …show more content…
Cyberporn can be classified as the fifth type of pornography besides adult magazines, videocassettes, motion pictures, and television consisting of hardcore pictures, movies, online-chat, and live sex chats that can be acquired by means via download and virtually viewed by the users of the Internet (upon pay sites). Sexually implicit materials can be found on web pages and news groups within the realm and hands reach of minors to view.

c.)Obscenity (Three-Part Test)

According to the1973 case of Miller v. California, material is obscene if all three of the following conditions are met:

1.)The average person, applying contemporary community standards, would find that the work, taken as a whole, appeals to the prurient interests.

2.)The work depicts or describes, in a patently offensive way, sexual conduct specifically defined by the applicable state (or federal) law, and

3.)The work taken as a whole, lacks serious, artistic, political or scientific value (Anderson 1-2).

d.)Purpose and Necessity of Censorship.

The Bush administration urged the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold a federal law designed to protect minors from sexually explicit materials via World Wide Web (Walsh 1). Internet pornography is "readily
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