The idea of censorship is nothing new to the American people. Censorship has
been controversial since I can ever remember. The issue is so delicate because
censorship by definition infringes on peoples First Amendment rights. Usually
when that phrase is used, controversy follows quite closely. Pornography is
another hotly debated issue. Parents have long wanted stricter laws to help
prohibit young children getting a hold of magazines, videos and other
pornographic materials. With the development of the Internet and the World Wide
Web it has become even more of a challenge to prevent children from being
exposed to such material. These are some questions that people need to ask them
selves and legislators. Should magazine companies, such as Playboy, Penthouse,
etc, be prohibited from publishing their magazines on the web when magazines
like Time, and Sports Illustrated are allowed? How easy is it to access such
magazines? Do people want to have such magazine so accessible to just anyone?
What can and is being done and what are the political ramifications?
Anyone with access to a computer that is equipped with on-line services can view
such magazines with relative ease. Although, studies show Internet pornography
only represents a small portion of Internet traffic it still is quite effortless.
Basically the only thing one needs to do is select any of the search engines and
simply type: sex. This will pull up a host of different sites where one can
easily click on any of them and view pornography. What many groups are trying to
do is make it less accessible to people and especially young people. What is
happening is that the term pornography is which a broad word used in many
different contexts and is difficult to determine what should be censored.
Pornography is defined in Webster's dictionary as pictures, film, or writing
which deliberately arouse sexual excitement. Well one thing might sexually
excite one person but not another person. So... [continues]
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