Governments Censoring Internet Content

1490 Words Jun 21st, 2018 6 Pages
This paper explores the pros and cons of government involvement in controlling the content of the Internet. Everyday technology is getting more sophisticated, meaning that nowadays it is easy to explore about a certain issue via online connection and be near the world. In the present, as long as you have Internet connection, you have the ability to have access to all kind of information that is posted on Internet. There is a huge debate whether internet should be regulated or not, and this is excepted to continue in the upcoming years. Those who support the information epoch, tend to consider Internet to be essential and productive in educating its population. However, those who don’t favor content on the internet want to build …show more content…
According to Leatherman (1993), “Freedom of speech meant not only freedom from any form of governmental control, but also freedom from private social pressures that could also inhibit thought and opinion”. As long as people belong to a society, they have the right to be free form any governmental inference. The word itself censoring means limitation, which limits people ideas and imaginations. If for any reason government decides to censor some Internet media for offensive reasons then as Leatherman stated (1993), ”What may be offensive to one person may not be to another”. This clearly explains that you cannot base your reasoning by making all people the same. As a matter of fact, parents are the one who should be more careful educating their children in order to not allow civil liberties to be restricted. The notion of censorship means that government decides what is good and bad for society, illustrating the power that they have.
Conversely, the proponents argue that censorship is used to protect social norms. In other words, censoring means protecting people from harmful content which influences people’s behavior. As long as, people have the right to post anything they wish on the Internet, they are incapable to think about consequences. They do not consider the surrounding how it might be affected, but they aim just their voice to be heard. Therefore, government, which deals with public policy, considers
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