Debate Internet Censorship Essay

  • It's a violation of the 1st Ammendment

    If you're censoring things people are putting on the internet, it's a violation of their freedom speech and press and you can't do that. Plus, the internet is the internet. Regular civilians aren't the bosses of it.They can't monitor everything that goes on there. Also, how do you know exactly everything that your censoring couldn't be helpful to someone? Just because you, one worthless little person, thinks it's corrupting kids or the internet as it was made, you're way out of line.

  • No, we're not in a dictatorship.

    The Internet was made to be free and so that anyone could share the ideology that they wish. By suppressing our right to share our ideas you're suppressing our right to our freedom. Yes, I acknowledge the negatives but there is much more positives from freedom of speech than censorship.

  • Everyone has the right to privacy.

    I think we should have privacy online. Parents and guardians should trust kids on the internet. Only 10% of kids actually do bad stuff on the internet, but what about the other 90%? Parents should stop stressing about your kids and read a book and relax. Children start obeying your parents and everyone will be happy.

  • Censorship violates the First Amendment.

    To censor the Internet would take away from one's freedom of expression. One could not blog their ideas or share art in places such as DeviantART and the censorship would spread to other facets of daily life. Censorship is not even defined by the Supreme Court which means it's held to the individual judge case by case.

  • We don't live in Communist China.

    You've seen how people are treated in China. They have no freedom of speech, even more so on the internet where it's most valued. Emails are pilfered through by government officials to check for anti-government sentiments, and bloggers and other types of news officials are severely at risk for imprisonment if they're found out by the government. It's has shown to be oppressive in other countries', so why would you want it here.

  • Freedom of speech

    You should be allowed to do or say whatever you want without the government interfering. You shouldn't have to worry about getting arrested for downloading some music. If we let this go on then eventually everything even remotely politically incorrect will be censored and the people with different opinions will be oppressed.

  • There is no Reason

    There is no reason for internet censorship. What we can't get in the internet we can get at libraries, magazines, and books. Might as well ban them all too. Then ban all art, museums, farms, and whole cities too. They all contain the same thing the internet does.

    There are programs that can manually censor things for people who want to keep their ignorance. It is not the job of any one entity to censor anything. Who decides what is appropriate or not? It should be each individual's choice. If you don't want your children seeing obscene things, do the job yourself and stop relying the government for something you should already be doing.

  • Porn is not the main cause for wars in other countries!

    Censoring the Internet should be the parents' job whether or not they want their child to surf the net. If people are so scared that their kids will accidentally cross over onto the "dark side" of the Internet, there is always parental locks, and even total ban from the intent! Even if they "don't have tat ability", technology will still keep on growing regardless of the efforts of both the parents and the real terrorists...

  • Freedom of Speech

    By censoring the internet, they'd be taking away the inherent right to freedom of speech. SOPA was a bad idea already. I mean, the more you opress people, the more they'll push back. Take down a torrent site, a new one pops up. Block something to people under 18, they'll just lie about their age. It's useless.

  • Obscene is only an opinion

    The internet is not owned by anyone. It is a place of free information that anyone may access whenever they want. Limitations is like saying lets just give in a little and maybe they will stop. People tried that in WWII and millions of people died. You cannot trust corporate funded corrupt politicians with you freedom. Obscene is only arbitrary, what offends you does not offend me in the slightest. If you don't like it then don't use it. No one is holding a gun to your held and telling you to watch porn. With censorship, it only gives the government more power to do as they please. Just because I don't like Christians I should be able to shut down all religious sites?

  • The Concerns Of Internet Censorship Essay

    The Concerns of Internet Censorship

    As a professional Internet publisher and avid user of the Internet, I have become concerned with laws like the Communications Decency Act of 1996 (CDA) that censor free speech on the Internet. By approving the CDA, Congress has established a precedent which condones censorship regulations for the Internet similar to those that exist for traditional broadcast media. Treating the Internet like broadcast media is a grave mistake because the Internet is unlike any information medium that has been created.
    My concerns about Internet censorship prompted me to write "Internet Censorship is Absurd and Unconstitutional." In the essay, I outline why I believe that the Internet should not be censored in any way for two reasons. First, any law advocating censorship of the Internet is too broad and unenforceable on this global information medium. Second, Internet censorship is a breach of First Amendment rights for those users residing in the United States. The essay will provide insight into why self regulation is the only viable solution to the problems that have and will be presented to the Internet.
    Should it be illegal to publish literature with "indecent" content on the Internet but perfectly legal to publish that same work in print? This question has spawned the debate over Internet censorship, which is currently raging in the United States Congress as well as in other political forums around the world. The question as to whether the Internet should be censored will continue to be debated for many years to come. As with any political topic, the debate over Internet censorship has its extremes. Many proponents of Internet censorship want strict control over this new information medium. Proponents of Internet censorship such as Senator Jim Exon (D-NE), co-author of the Communications Decency Act (CDA), are in favor of putting strict laws into place regulating the Internet in order to protect children: "The Decency Act stands for the premise that it is wrong to provide pornography to children on computers just as it is wrong to do it on a street corner or anywhere else" (Exon). These proponents suggest creating laws for the Internet similar to those now in place for television and radio. Those strongly opposing Internet regulations, such as the Citizens Internet Empowerment Coalition (CIEC), assert that the Internet is not like a television and should not be regulated like one. Both sides base their respective arguments on how they view the new information medium. Though the laws that Congress are proposing to regulate the Internet are well intentioned, I strongly believe that the Internet should not be censored because any law encroaching on the people’s right to free speech is a obvious breach of First Amendment rights and because laws limiting Internet speech are too broad and unenforceable on this global medium.
    To understand why legislators are attempting to censor the Internet despite the fact that it is...

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