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 ...

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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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