I love my country. Not in some jingoistic ‘MURICA type way, granted, but I do love living in the UK. I’m proud of what my country has done despite its limited size on the world stage economically and socially. Honestly I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else in the world (except maybe Canada…).
And now I find myself yet again staring on as a single government begins to tear down our basic freedom. I cam across this image on reddit.com today:
It pretty much defines how this new pornography debate will be handled. Anyone who speaks out against apparently risks being branded as some porn-using deviant. It’s declarations like this that causes the people who can actually make a difference to think twice about making their feelings known.
The debate, as we all should know, isn’t about porn. If parents really wanted to keep their kids away from the “dangers” of seeing naked people having consensual sex, they would simply turn the Google safe search on. It starts with pornography, and then moves onto protecting against “violence” and “disturbing images” and before we know it, the Internet, the last true bastion of free speech left in this world, is censored.
The porn filter is completely counter productive at any rate. If a teenager wants to see porn, they’ll see porn. They’ll use proxies, VPNs and any other means to circumnavigate the filter. Some may attempt to use the deep web, and THAT is where they will be exposed to the truly horrible things that unfortunately can lurk on the Internet.
On the flipside, an ISP, let’s say Virgin, refuse to implement the filter. As a result, customers flock to Virgin, giving them an unfair advantage over the competition – the case gets taken to the High Court and the law is forced to be repealed.
Although the law seems extremely stupid to implement, the fact that Cameron and the others would attempt to implement it under the guise of “think of the children” frankly disgusts me.
I leave you with the words of Aneurin Bevan:
“That is why no amount of cajolery, and no attempts at ethical or social seduction, can eradicate from my heart a deep burning hatred for the Tory Party that inflicted those bitter experiences on me. So far as I am concerned they are lower than vermin. They condemned millions of first-class people to semi-starvation. Now the Tories are pouring out money in propaganda of all sorts and are hoping by this organised sustained mass suggestion to eradicate from our minds all memory of what we went through. But, I warn you young men and women, do not listen to what they are saying now. Do not listen to the seductions of the Tory leader. He is a very good salesman. If you are selling shoddy stuff you have to be a good salesman. But I warn you they have not changed, or if they have they are slightly worse than they were.” (1948).