Censorship Of The Internet And The Tyranny Of Our Government



"To curtail free expression strikes twice at intellectual freedom,
for whoever deprives another of the right to state unpopular views also
deprives others of the right to listen to those views," said Oliver Wendell
Holmes, Jr(Censorship and the U.S. Government 1). I completely agree with
Mr. Holmes, and when the question of censoring the Internet arises, I
cringe. Governing the Internet dominates many debates, censorship leading
the fight. The Internet is the largest and most accessible form of mass
media available today. It allows anyone with a few simple tools to consume,
and produce, information and ideas to hundreds of people at a practically
non-existent cost. Numerous factors ...

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or radio, the Internet consists of thousands of individual
computers and networks, with thousands of speakers, information providers
and information users, and no centralized distribution point (ACLU vs. Reno
Brief 1). No guards watch to see who goes where and if that place is
appropriate. The Internet has grown to be a global network. Just because
one country deems something inappropriate does not mean that another will
comply with the decision and follow the ruling. If posting pictures of
bestiality was banned in China, for example, someone in Switzerland could
post those pictures and the Chinese would have access to every single bit
of data. Another example, this being completely factual, occurred in
Ontario concerning the Karla Homolka/Paul Bernado trial. The courts
decided that in order not to influence the jurors outside of the courtroom
that a gag order would be put on media coverage of the trial. Conventional
media complied, but an Internet site appeared. This was ...

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but it is
insignificant to the legitimate applications of the Internet. Banning of
material that may be offensive to one, but may be quite valuable to another,
deprives people of their civil right to information.
Pro-censorship advocates argue that some child might unsuspectingly
stumble upon unsuitable information. This is not true. Online users are not
bombarded with grotesque pictures and hate groups' paraphernalia. One has
to deliberately go into such a site, and there exists software to protect
children from such occurrences. Often times pornography sites will ask for
a registration and a major credit card number. Forms are sent in the mail
and logging onto a pornography site can ...

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