Should the Internet be censored? Essay
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Should the Internet be censored?
Should the Internet be censored? This is a sticky question; no matter what answer you give to this question there will always be a valid argument in response to your answer. There are lots of arguments in the answer I found doing the research I did. The United States is not the only country with this problem. Because, remember now the Internet is worldwide and it involves every single country in the world. If a person thinks the Internet should be censored then the following question should be asked: Who should censor the Internet the federal government or parents?
Censorship on the Internet is a controversial issue. A lot of people agree that censoring violates the First Amendment of free speech.…show more content…
U.S. the Supreme Court decided that obscenity was “outside the protection intended for speech and press at the time during which the First Amendment was written.” Therefore, the First Amendment does not protect it. Also there was an act signed by Bill Clinton Called the Communications Decency Act (CDA) in 1996 that censors the freedom of speech on the Internet. But the Supreme Court on June 26,1997 Ruled it Unconstitutional saying “As a matter of constitutional tradition, in the absence of evidence to the contrary, we presume that governmental regulation of the content of speech is more likely to interfere with the free exchange of ideas than to encourage it. The interest in encouraging freedom of expression in a democratic society outweighs any theoretical but unproven benefit of censorship." -- Justice John Paul Stevens, writing for the majority.
So what about the children? How does a parent regulate what is viewed through a computer? People opposed to Internet censorship argue that it is a parent’s job to watch over what web sites their children are going to. But parents argue that it is almost impossible to always be there to watch their children, especially for single parents and families where both parents work. The duty should not be left totally on the parents, but also the creators of these web sites. Parents have some responsibility, but they cannot watch over their children twenty-four hours a day. That is why the web site
Should the Internet be Censored? Essay
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Should the Internet Be Censored?
“No bones about it, the Internet needs to be censored”. At least according to Gerry Morgan, president of an Internet contents provider and a parent, he among other non-denominational Christian parents claims that they have found “the only realistic answer to the Internet porn-crisis”. They’ve created a program where all Web sites are pre-screened, avoiding any material that can be harmful to kids (Watson). They say that the Internet has to be censored because it has material, especially pornography, which can and will be offensive to others. But not everybody agrees with that. The censorship of the Internet…show more content…
Unfortunately for them they are now facing a much bigger enemy, indeed according to Leonard Sussman, the coordinator of the 22nd annual press freedom survey, “the Internet is the most formidable challenge to the censor”(Society).
We may consider pornography harmful and think that it should be banned from the Internet. To achieve such large-scale censorship, it would have to be done in the whole world since the Internet is a global method of communication and anyone is able to access material on international sites. The problem with this strategy is that the issue of censoring the Internet goes far beyond pornography; in fact in some countries it also includes political issues. What in the U.S. is seen as free speech or part of what make us have a critic sense about what is better for our country, in China can be seen as a crime. In fact in March of 2001 a high-school teacher was sentenced to two years in prison for saying “Down with the communist party!” online in that country (Liu).
Furthermore, it is important for us to be exposed to a variety of concepts and ideas in order to develop our own sense of morality. It is impossible for us to have a critic sense if we don’t know all the aspects of the issue in question. If you have a concept that is based on one-sided information you don’t have a strong argument. It’s the same with a child, if he/she is not given the right to unedited information how is he/she