Cyber Porn

.. our economy can not say no to (Rosen 15). “There are means of controlling material that parents do not want their kids to view (Levy 21).” Several devises already exist for parents that will help them filter out what they do not want their children to see. Surfwatch, a software package, allows parents to have a list of forbidden sites that can not be reached. It also always parents to program it to watch for any kind of obscene language (Miller and Mauro 85). PICS are rating and filtering technology.

Parents or a third party can set up a self-censor program to their values for any document online that is PICS compatible. This always each household to censor out information found to be offending (Quittner 74). RSAC is another devise that allows self-censorship through a parental rating system or based upon age appropriateness. “Were going to get the V-chip for the Internet (Stevens A4).” All of these devices and all of the others that are now available make personal choice possible with out government censorship. All of the proposed acts to censor the Internet had to do with objectional materials and offensive language.

The danger in allowing this to happen is that not just sex and foul language is diminished, but information on topics that are sex related like STDs or AIDS would be censored. Most medical web sites would need to be “cleaned up” for publishing material on how to put on a condom and how to protect your self while having intercourse. Stories and new paper articles about rape would no longer be able to be published over the net. The Internet would become completely “PG 13.” One of the biggest dangers to regulating cyberporn would be the increase in strip clubs and adult movie theaters. Many strippers have left the clubs because of the safety that the Internet provides. It also is a great way for them to make more money and promote their body with out getting diseases or raped (Levy 24). Internet providers are expressing an increase in concern for censorship because of a fear of becoming the “thought police.” Acts and bills being passed to further regulate the Internet and particularly cyberporn talk about fees of $100,000 for violators that “annoy, abuse, threaten, or harass” other consumers over the net (Quittner 74).

Most of the censorship plans not only violated the first amendment, but discriminated against people in other ways. People spend thousands of dollars on web sites and more money on servers and high-speed phone lines to become more accessible to the public. They make their money back and then some millions extra, but the government would have to shut down these businesses if they were aloud to censor because the product they sell is sex. Cyber porn businesses would be denied their right to free enterprise because their product is so taboo. It is loved and hated, but making them millionaires filling the demands of the public (Rosen 15). Many of the restrictions that would be put on adult sites due to censorship would be to have a credit card as a form of adult identification.

This is clear discrimination against those adults with out a credit card. For whatever reason that an adult does not have a credit card, they should not be denied access to pornography. Restricting cyberporn to user that are of eighteen years of age or older discriminates against those who are mature enough to handle the information, but not legally of age. Seventeen-year-old kids are not much different in maturity than eighteen-year-olds. Movie theater ratings for pornography or indecent materials are NC-17, so why should the Internet not be also. Bruce Ennis speaks out against the CDA “.. this court has repeatedly and unanimously ruled that government cannot constitutionally reduce the adult population to reading and viewing what is only appropriate for children.

That is what this law does (Tipton 13).” But it is not just the government that is making laws that discriminate, the state are also. Virginia has made it illegal for state employees and college professors to access sexually indecent materials online. Georgia is trying to take away the reason that people love communicating over the Internet so much by making it illegal for users to remain anonymous while interacting over the net. All forms of discrimination are present when the Internet is regulated and censored. The issue that struck up this whole conflict, family values and how to protect our children, is being re-evaluated by the courts.

Justices of the Supreme Court side with the words of Bruce Enniss in the decision against censorship, “..it will be up to the parents, not the government, to keep kids from accessing smut (Bray C7).” Why must everyone suffer because parents do not want to do their job? The courts are giving the rights to the families to decide for themselves what is inappropriate for the children by striking down government regulation on the grounds that there are plenty of self censoring devices already on the market (Quittner 74). It is the responsibility of the parent to either censor the materials themselves, or teach them about what they are viewing to bring them up to the maturity level of the Internet. If parents are that concerned about the materials that their children have access to, then they should chaperone their children while on the Internet (Levy 24). We should help our children learn how to deal with the information on the Internet and then allow them to expose themselves to it already having previous education. Kids need a way to discover their selves as sexual people.

One would think that with all of the diseases out there that a parent would rather their child experiment with sex over the Internet instead of learning the hard way with other kids. People do not get pregnant or contract the AIDS virus by having cyber sex. Also viewing pornography is a way of letting children and teenagers explore their sexuality with out embarrassment. If kids go into the real world with more exposure to sex, when thrown into a relationship they will be more knowledgeable, than curious. A kid can discover sexual identity by themselves with out all the pressures having a physical relationship.

If we teach our children about cyberporn and cybersex, then they can use it to their advantage as an educational experience (Rafter A3). Family values are being regarded in the highest manner by ruling that concerned parents must keep the family intact and educate their kids to truly protect them against the information of the Internet. To see the true effect of the government regulating cyberporn, one must look into the future. If the government successfully censors cyberporn, the results may not have an immediate or apparent effect that would be detrimental to society, but the opportunities given to the government could redefine our democracy that our founding Fathers nether intended: constitutional rights would be diminished. First, the government censors cyberporn that leads to censorship of the entire Internet.

If the judicial branch aloud this to happen the American public would have to fear what could be censored next. If the most technologically advanced form of media can be censored, why not books and magazines? Free speech would be no longer. The right to say what you want and express yourself in any manner you want with out infringing on the rights of others would no longer protect the citizens. It would be like our society would be going back in time before the eighteenth century when government had free reign over its subjects. Imagine growing up in a world where self-expression was stifled and sex was once again a taboo topic.

As far as the censorship of cyberporns effect on sex and pornography could take two different paths: either sexual behavior would increase, or it would slowly become more conservative. Many strippers and hookers have turned to the net as a form of safe sex and in result of that sex became more popular and is spreading to children at a younger age. If the sex businesses lost their addresses in cyber space, they would relocate to the streets and bring the consumer to the sex. Just like during prohibition, they found a way to keep it alive. Or it could go off on the other tangent of slowly the government instilling thoughts that its indecent to express yourself sexually and slowly taper off into just an act of procreation.

The effects of the government regulating cyberporn are unpredictable, but definitely not positive and destructive. The main result off the government being able to censor cyberporn would be that government decided for everyone person what their values are. Government said that the materials you could access in cyberspace were not appropriate for you and your family. It is a known fact that people love and crave it so if they con not get it over the net, they will get it some how unless the government cracks down on that also. So far the victories over censorship of the net have been very promising that our constitutional rights will never be taken away from us. These victories are not just for cyberporn but for the future of free speech on the Internet, and quite possibly the future of free speech period.

In order to preserve our constitutional rights the government must not censor cyberporn, not only for the immediate infringements and discrimination, but for the future.