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UK porn blocks to go ahead; internet’s reaction predictably furious

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After much discussion, threatening and harumphing the UK’s Tory party have decided to push a bill through parliament that will require ISPs to filter all porn automatically, with citizens who want to get their share of skin having to “opt-in” to get the filter turned off.

In a speech Cameron said:

“I want to talk about the internet.The impact it is having on the innocence of our children. How online pornography is corroding childhood.”

“And how, in the darkest corners of the internet, there are things going on that are a direct danger to our children, and that must be stamped out.

“I’m not making this speech because I want to moralise or scaremonger, but because I feel profoundly as a politician, and as a father, that the time for action has come. This is, quite simply, about how we protect our children and their innocence.”

This line from the Simpsons comes to mind.

It’s comforting to know that in this time where our economy is only just starting to show signs of recovery after a triple-dip recession and we’re still entangled in 2 wars that our government is focusing on the important things. It’s also comforting to know just how out of touch your government is where they think something like this even has a hope in all hell of working. Anyone remember SOPA? Yeah, us neither.

But they at least managed to stop people accessing torrent sites right?

Course they did.

Overall this move just smacks of a government and moreover a general society completely out of touch with how the online world works. Blocking access to torrent sites did exactly zero to stop people downloading illegally because they’re like the Hydra, for every head you defeat, 3 more replace them. It will be the same for porn, only perhaps worse because we’re not just talking about people being denied some movies they want to watch, we’re talking about their fix of sexy time with their five digit partner (and yes we mean everyone here.

In addition, most of us grew up with the internet, sans filters, and you can bet your arse that we all went on illicit missions to find porn on our 56k modems when we were teenagers. Did it turn us into slobbering perverts, screaming through the streets raping and kidnapping uncontrollably? No, no it did not.

Essentially it comes down to this, those who want porn, including teenagers, will access it regardless of what restrictions are in place. The internet is too nebulous, its users to numerous and its nature too chaotic to pin down and control. The real issue here is that this is further pushing the idea that sex is bad, that it’s something to be ashamed of and that we should only do it if we’re wanting to make babies.

Because that attitude doesn’t cause major issues later in life…

After much discussion, threatening and harumphing the UK’s Tory party have decided to push a bill through parliament that will require ISPs to filter all porn automatically, with citizens who want to get their share of skin having to “opt-in” to get the filter turned off.

In a speech Cameron said:

“I want to talk about the internet.The impact it is having on the innocence of our children. How online pornography is corroding childhood.”

“And how, in the darkest corners of the internet, there are things going on that are a direct danger to our children, and that must be stamped out.

“I’m not making this speech because I want to moralise or scaremonger, but because I feel profoundly as a politician, and as a father, that the time for action has come. This is, quite simply, about how we protect our children and their innocence.”

This line from the Simpsons comes to mind.

It’s comforting to know that in this time where our economy is only just starting to show signs of recovery after a triple-dip recession and we’re still entangled in 2 wars that our government is focusing on the important things. It’s also comforting to know just how out of touch your government is where they think something like this even has a hope in all hell of working. Anyone remember SOPA? Yeah, us neither.

But they at least managed to stop people accessing torrent sites right?

Course they did.

Overall this move just smacks of a government and moreover a general society completely out of touch with how the online world works. Blocking access to torrent sites did exactly zero to stop people downloading illegally because they’re like the Hydra, for every head you defeat, 3 more replace them. It will be the same for porn, only perhaps worse because we’re not just talking about people being denied some movies they want to watch, we’re talking about their fix of sexy time with their five digit partner (and yes we mean everyone here.

In addition, most of us grew up with the internet, sans filters, and you can bet your arse that we all went on illicit missions to find porn on our 56k modems when we were teenagers. Did it turn us into slobbering perverts, screaming through the streets raping and kidnapping uncontrollably? No, no it did not.

Essentially it comes down to this, those who want porn, including teenagers, will access it regardless of what restrictions are in place. The internet is too nebulous, its users to numerous and its nature too chaotic to pin down and control. The real issue here is that this is further pushing the idea that sex is bad, that it’s something to be ashamed of and that we should only do it if we’re wanting to make babies.

Because that attitude doesn’t cause major issues later in life…

UPDATE 2017: The porn bill is still being finalized in the UK. Here’s some of the latest information from November 2016.