Wednesday, January 07, 2009

More on the porn.....

Previously I wrote:
-----China Cracks Down on Internet Content.They are not talking about voices of dissent (like those angry over tainted milk). This is content that might be damaging to children and young people. What do you think of this?

Thomas responded:
"Doing it for the children" is what censors always say.
I would hate to see internet content reduced to only those things that would be appropriate for a hypothetical unsupervised ten-year-old.

I responded:
Doing it for the children....what they say now. It used to be that censors just outlawed anything not in sync with whatever image was wanted.
Parental controls and children only in the company of those that have long been trusted by the family.....that is definitely needed.
Still....many times I will leave a "news" site when I see all sorts of photos like that on the borders.
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MORE ON THIS ISSUE:

China says it is to stop people like the woman who became Internet-famous by posting homemade porn videos of herself online. Some are wondering if this crackdown is a pretext for something else. I don't know......maybe I would agree if other types of sites were eventually bannned.

Anyway:
The crackdown on porn sites may not be that easy.
So much is published on the Internet so quickly. One might suggest that each thing published should be approved by someone.....but that is getting much closer to censorship. I wonder how companies are going to up their efforts on monitoring content....is there a staff in the world big enough for this? My blog would either be much more concentrated (like a newspaper) or I would be VERY frustrated if I had to get approval before each publication. What do you think would help make regulation of content easier?

Now I don't know if it is the same woman, but there was a woman in China who made some Internet-famous porn at her workplace.....and was fired/jailed. The crackdown on this activity didn't necessarily help....she was offered a paying job as an pornstar.

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