Save The Internet


Did you know that 83.5% of the images available on the Internet were
pornographic (Kershaw)? Did you know that pornography on the Internet is readily
available to curious little children who happen to bump into them?
Today, the Internet which has only become popular several years ago, is
unequivocally one of the most revolutionary innovations in the computer world.
The information superhighway has changed peoples\' lives dramatically and have
created many new exciting opportunities as well as markets to be exploited. But,
unfortunately, the Internet also has created a haven for the depravity of
pornography and hate literature. Therefore, this has called for immediate action
and the only solution up to today is censorship. The Internet must be censored
to the utmost. Many people complain that censorship is the violation of the
first amendment and the suppression of freedom of speech but there is a point
where freedom of speech becomes corrupt; freedom of speech only creates an
excuse for the vile pornographers to poison our nation let alone our children.
Pornography is regarded as immoral and downright filthy by the people.
It denies human dignity and often stimulates the user to violent acts (Beahm
295). Therefore, pornography and violence are correlated. It trivializes the
human beauty and converts it into commercialized slime (Beahm 295). Moreover,
the consumption of pornography can lead to a detrimental addiction and the
consumer can become a slave to it (Beahm 297). In short, pornography is a very
addictive drug; which has an equal or more potency to hard-core drugs like
heroin and cocaine. Can you imagine a ten year-old innocently surfing the
Internet and suddenly bumps into a pornographic site depicting explicit images
of naked women and becoming addicted to it? The damage is long-term and when the
time comes, we will have a nation of perverts. Galbraith says, "The U.S.
constitution does not forbid the protection of children from a pornographer\'s
freedom of speech. That must be inferred through the First Amendment." These are
our children and we have the right to protect them. The fact that pornography is
damaging mentally is further aggravated as the availability of pornography to
all Internet users is a major problem as well.
The ridiculously easy accessibility to all types pornography; by anyone
who logs into the Internet has raised a major concern from both the government
and the public. The Internet, being the biggest interactive library ever existed,
has no owner, President, chief operating officer or pope (Montoya). "Inevitably,
being an uncontrolled system, means that the Internet will be subjected to
subversive applications of some unscrupulous users." (Kershaw) Internet users
can publish pornography and hate literature that information is literally made
available to millions of Internet users worldwide (Kershaw).
A five year-old can easily obtain pornography on the Internet by just
typing the word "sex" in the search engine and literally hundreds of thousands
of listing will appear on-screen, each leading to a smut page. This type of easy
accessibility have people calling for censorship (Kershaw).
"Most popular images available were of hardcore scenes featuring such acts
as paedophilia, defection, bestiality and bondage." (Kershaw) According to
Chidley, "In 1994, more than 450,000 pornographic images and text files were
available to the Internet users around the world; that information had been
accessed more than 6 million times." (58) This shocking figure is further
agitated by the fact that pornography would be very harmful to the young
unsuspecting child who happens to stumble on it while roaming about cyberspace
(Kershaw). Remember, our children is our most important resource in the future;
we have to refrain them from negative influences so that they could be good
citizens of tomorrow.
"Regulating the Internet might be the only way to protect Internet users
including our children from accessing obscene pages." (Montoya) Singapore has
taken an encouraging step to establish a "neighborhood police post" on the
Internet to monitor and receive complaints of criminal activity-including the
distribution of pornography (Chidley 58). They have also implemented proxy
servers to partially filter our pornographic sites such as "Playboy" and
"Penthouse" from access. An anonymous author quotes, "When such material is
discovered, access providers could be alerted, and required to deny entry to the
sites concerned." (Only) This is an ideal approach to censorship and should be
exercised in every country. Parents at home can also be more responsible over
what information is retrieved by their young ones by installing programs like
SurfWatch that will block pornography from access (Quitter 45). In addition to
this problem, child pornography also prevails over the Internet.
Another distressing issue about the Internet is the presence of child
pornography; "Digitally