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Re: kids and internet

Posted by Elizabeth on November 8, 1999, at 0:18:26

In reply to Re: kids and internet, posted by Adam on November 7, 1999, at 20:14:34

> I can't imagine attempts to screen out porn don't effectively screeen out all kinds of non-pornographic content. For
> that matter, how do we define pornographic, or "adult content", or offensive?

I've heard a few attempts to define obscenity. Two that are worth repeating: (1) you know it when you see it; (2) anything in a sock drawer that is not a sock.

There has also been talk of community standards, but if one regards the internet as our community -- well, let's face it, there are no standards. (Well, except that everybody agrees that spammers are evil.)

> The net is not without danger or harm. Nor is the real world. This danger will be lessened when we as a society and
> a species lose our desire to consume material that is gratuitously violent or sexually exploitative, not when we have
> learned how to better censor that material.

Well said. (And it's still censorship if parents are doing it rather than the government.)




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