Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Think Of The Children

No I am Pornacus.

Actually I'm not and want to keep the site work safe for now but I approve of the idea.

The government's proposal to ban porn from ISPs is probably the worst idea they've come up with yet. Whilst I can appreciate why they want to keep pornography out of the reach of schoolchildren- after all teaching kids about felching in sex education classes is much less fun when the element of surprise is lost it is a very slippery slope to be on. If the government can ban ISPs from delivering porn it isn't much of a stretch to suppose that they will soon be banning other stuff.

Moreover it isn't just bad because of what it may lead to, but bad in itself- like most adults on the internet, including I am 100% sure the minister behind this idea, ED Vaizey- I sometimes look at websites that might be classified as pornographic (and cruel to penguins but that's an issue for the RSPB). I don't want to have to write to a government agency to ask for permission to continue my viewing habits. There is zero evidence that pornography is harmful despite numerous attempts to find such a link.

The presence of Ed Vaizey at the heart of this is interesting, he was for a long time one on of the Conservatives' self proclaimed social liberals. He probably still is. Yet it is clear that he doesn't have socially liberal principles from his actions here, instead socially liberal is a euphemism for socially fashionable- a means for ingratiating themselves with younger urban voters rather than a principled stand.


banned said...

I once had a conversation about this with two University lads. I asked if, as the first generation to grow up with the internet, they were 'exposed' to porn by trickery or did they first go actively seeking it.
Their response was that every kid they knew typed 'big tits' into Google sometime around their thirteenth birthday.

Matthew said...

Are socially fashionanable young urban voters really the ones who will be most impressed by this ban?

I do wonder how it will work. The Sun, Lady Chatterley's Lover, etc presumably won't be banned?

Ross said...

Matthew- no but it isn't going to specifically alienate them in the way other illiberal social measures would.

Furor Teutonicus said...

This appears to be a "campaign" run by the E.U. Our radio, and I presume other media, is full of it as well.

Strange how many European lands at once convieniently have the same idea.

Furor Teutonicus said...

Follow ups to...

James Higham said...

a very slippery slope

Nice pun.