Rationale For Censorship... ... middle of paper ... ...st interest of both authority and the public. Conclusion The purpose of this report was to prove that Internet censorship has a detrimental effect on society. The governments and groups practicing censorship say they can justify the use for certain purposes, but use censorship frequently for many more personal reasons. Censorship has many different implementations and can be used in several different facets of the Internet, but instilling the fear of being censored is the most effective censorship tool governments can use. The public has grown accustomed to the Internet as a resource and tool and has fought tirelessly against its restriction and limitation.
Reasons to End Social Poisoning on the Internet [NOTE: Many of the links the student refers to are no longer active.] While spreading the word of knowledge to the masses, the internet simultaneously dispenses social poisons. Many of the recipients are, unfortunately, children, and despite the American policy of free-speech, this kind of unintentional inculcation must stop. One of the problems lies in the fact that the right to criticize and the right to display "poisonous" material are one in the same: The Right of Freedom of Speech. But should a clear and present danger to social health take priority over the rights of an individual?
The current problems with the internet serve for clarification as to why the United States should create a nonpartisan assembly to censor the internet in order to protect its citizens from the mental, emotional, and physical harms the internet creates. The first benefit that would result from censoring the internet would be the protection of the mind. When children are doing homework online, they frequently get distracted by the presence of other websites. This often interferes with their progress. In cases of teenagers, the websites they are commonly sidetracked by are pornography websites.
In some countries, sites that can be disturbing for kids are... ... middle of paper ... ... are making sure that our children can live innocent happy lives without being exposed to many different things.” (Does the internet need censorship, n.d) Some people think that internet censorship is safe for their children and it keeps them from accessing websites that are not for their age. Conclusion To sum it all up, internet censorship is a global problem in our time but although it has a negative impact on the society, it can be helpful in ways. Internet censorship is different in each country but it is all for one cause- to protect the society. Forms of censorship that have been implemented or are being considered, include blocking and filtering specific sites and monitoring email and web surfing, should be examined and considered with an eye to both precedent and the historical role of free expression in a free nation(Examining Internet Censorship, n.d)
The type of content usually censored is sexual or violent things but Ballaro states, “Some bans (and the filtering software used to enforce them) eliminated access not only to pornographic materials but also to legitimate health and medical information” (Ballaro 1). If someone were to become sick, looking up symptoms on the internet is not the most efficient way to go about finding out what sickness they have, or what kind of treatments there are. Going to a professional would ensure that they get the correct diagnosis and treatment. Everything on the internet can be changed and not knowing the accuracy of a source is going to make the search more or less accurate. Children are also a big part of why things are censored.
Censors provide holding people accountable for their actions and can persuade them from an immoral action. Such as Internet filters, T.V. filters, censored music, movies, etc. all of these methods aid in helping individuals towards being more moral. The FCC needs to continually change its rules regarding censorship to keep obscenities off of mainstream media.
These are people who see the negative effects the web has on children. Early childhood experiences such as abduction, abuse, or other assault can have serious trauma to the victim. Trauma may include sleeping disorders, eating disorders, ADHD, anxiety, hostility, and many other psychological injuries (Stress Related Disorders Caused by Early Life Experiences). These traumas caused by negative online experiences can easily be avoided if there is more control over the Internet. Rather than speaking to their kids about the harms of the Internet, some parents want to ban the web from their children altogether.
The overarching idea of the internet and hate speech is that it will spread if not censored and it will give a false idea that speech that is hateful is ok. Sean McElwee, Writer and researcher for the Huffington Post, said that “...the freedom of the press should be governed by a very strict prohibition of all and every anonymity.” However, with the Internet, the public dialogue has moved online, where hate speech is easy and anonymous. This leads to the thought of the hate speech spreading to them bullying others with these hateful ideas. A study by Karen Kaplan a writer for the Los Angeles Times found that Kids that are bullied or physically abused have a 60% higher rate to develop mental health issues. The direct link between bullying and mental health is increasingly real and it will continue without the censorship of hate speech on the internet. But the reality, there are better ways to stop hate speech without removing free speech.
(Carr, 1998) Carr mentioned the buzz phrase "rating system" as an example of a way to censor the Internet. This "rating system" is a way in which certain issues, pictures, information, etc. can be censored. However, not everyone is in favor of these "rating systems." The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) strongly opposes this idea in their article "Fahrenheit 451.2-Is Cyberspace Burning?".
Censorship of the Internet is Wrong The Internet can be a very disturbing and adult medium. There are parts of the Internet that should not be viewed by children. Explicit information can be found which is intended for an adult audience but children who have access to the Internet have become exposed to this material. The question at hand is who is responsible for preventing these children from viewing this material. Censoring the entire Internet would be one capable option.