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The War on Porn

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In case you haven’t heard, David Cameron, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, has been on a mission lately. On the surface, his mission to “protect” children seems like a noble cause. Mr. Cameron thinks it is necessary to have search engines like Google and Bing come up with a list of certain illegal search terms regarding things like child abuse and pornography depicting rape.

Check out the BBC video here.

The only problem is that Cameron goes much further in his attempt to limit pornography. Another part of his plan is to have people request to gain access to legal pornographic material. The default would be a sort of family friendly internet. My question to David Cameron is, when did the responsibility of our children switch from the parents to corporations? It is not, in my mind, Google or Bing or Yahoo’s place to tell me as an individual what I can and cannot view when it comes to 100% legal content. And that is the key here. This is legal content. We are no longer talking about child pornography or images of rape. We are talking about the normal, everyday porn that millions of people enjoy.

I have no problem with people like David Cameron trying to make stricter laws and restrictions on accessing illegal materials. However, this is a slippery slope. We need to stop grouping these illegal things in with completely acceptable adult content. You are taking away legal content from people all in the name of child safety. But where is the line drawn? When does it go from helping our youth to restricting our freedoms as members of society?

If we’re going to talk about restricting pornographic content that is safe and legal, what about other graphic material? Does this mean that David Cameron will now go after television shows depicting guns and violence? Will all of our TVs come with simply PG rated shows until we opt in to a more adult package?

For more reasons on why this movement is completely absurd, check out this article from The Next Web.

The point is, while Cameron and others who have made similar suggestions may have the right intentions, they have no idea what they could be starting. By accomplishing the things they want to do, they are setting a precedent for a world in which we are limited and restricted as a society to things that should not be restricted.

Naturally I decided to go to Twitter to see what the world had to say on the matter. I think you may have made a few new enemies, Prime Minister.

.@David_Cameron You can’t keep my filth out of your country.

12:02 PM – 22 Jul 2013

. @David_Cameron Hey Dave, can I have a wank? Probably some MILF on MILF action. Cheers

1:28 PM – 22 Jul 2013

@David_Cameron More internet censorship? Surely parents are responsible for setting up parental controls at home?

1:25 PM – 22 Jul 2013
So what are your thoughts on the matter? Are these proposals simply protecting children to keep them out of harm’s way, or are they an unnecessary step that’s taking away freedoms from the public?
And remember…
And to both honor Dr. Cox’s wise words and give a nice “screw you” to David Cameron, I think I’ll spend the rest of the day watching this Scrubs porno.

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