Internet Censorship There is a growing debate about censoring the internet. Some people think that the internet is protected under the first ammendment and cannot be censored. Others think that some of the material that is on the net needs to be filtered and regulated. The word censorship is defined as examining any material and prohibiting what is objectionable, according to Webster’s II dictionary. Censoring the internet is a violation of the first ammendment rights of every citizen in the United States.
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This essay briefly discusses some reasons why the Internet should be censored, but will then mainly focus on reasons why the Internet should not be censored. The most prominent issue dealing with censorship is the fact that there is child pornography readily available. Besides the fact that children as well as adults shouldn't be able to access it, it's illegal. "Our children must be able to surf safely," stated John Carr in his article, "It's time to tackle cyberporn." (Carr, 1998) Carr mentioned the buzz phrase "rating system" as an example of a way to censor the Internet.
The Movie Industry vs Technology The Internet and the roles it plays in society Since its conception, the Internet has been a huge market for life uses. It provides some of the greatest resources to educate people around the world such as search engines, databases, and an almost endless expanse for innovation. Being a conglomeration of countless numbers of computers allow users to interconnect with each other, making computers a prominent part of people’s lives. Aside from the home uses, businesses have capitalized on it as well. The Internet is essentially a medium through which mass distribution of information and goods can be disseminated.
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The Internet allows people to communicate with each other across the world within mere fractions of seconds with the help of E-mail. The Internet also allows for expressing opinions and obtaining up-to-date information from the World-Wide-Web. New software is being developed everyday which uses Internet as the carrier for long distance voice calls and video conferencing which would hold the key to the future of our society. The Internet is ruled by no governing body and it is an open society for ideas to be developed and shared in. Unfortunately, every society has its downside and the Internet is no exception.