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Congress is looking into creating a new domain, .xxx, which would be solely for porn sites. The effort is designed to protect children who frequently but inadvertently happen onto pornography on the Internet. A CNN report said that 80% of all children have viewed pornography online - most while simply doing their homework.

Do you think this makes sense? Is it an appropriate instance of governmnet intervention designed to protect children?; or, is it, essentially, as a free speech proponent said, the "ghettoization of porn"? Is it an inappropriate and unconstitutional encroachment on free speech rights?

What do you think?

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Originally posted by MBM:
Do you think this makes sense? Is it an appropriate instance of governmnet intervention designed to protect children?; or, is it, essentially, as a free speech proponent said, the "ghettoization of porn"? Is it an inappropriate and unconstitutional encroachment on free speech rights?

I don't think it's a free speech violation. The material is still accessable to anyone who wants it, even children unless appropriate parental controls are used.

I myself have stumbled onto porn sites by accident, which can be a little problematic when I'm at work. Big Grin

What we have to watch for, IMO, is misuse/abuse of this by the government. Putting all the eggs in one basket will make it easier to track the pornographic internet activities of large numbers of people, and they can do it under the guise of looking for "deviants". Like I said, I don't think it's a free speech issue, but it could easily turn into one. It could also quickly turn into a privacy issue.
In principle, I think it's a great idea from a free speech perspective. If it's seen as the "ghettoization" of porn, then who cares? As long as I can avoid accidentally stumbling onto it (and -- ahem -- I can freely access it if I so choose), then it seems fair, equitable, and protective of whatever free speech rights courts have misinterpreted the 1st Amendment as protecting.

But Black Viking raises a good point, though... Privacy rights, especially in this dawn of the neo-fascists. A court just ruled that Google has to turn over certain types of search inquiries. I worry that the point of that is to create a future campaign issue, where visits to .xxx sites, or Google searches for same, becomes the new marijuana.

As in, MBM's future opponent for Congress makes an issue out of his visits to these sites, they way they used to do with marijuana use. nono
This plan is silly as it get and will not accomplish what they intend for it to accomplish. These companies have a vested and economic interest in the Domain Names they have thus while they will remove their content from the .com Domains the Domain Name will remain theirs and a redirect will be put on the .com page thus going to the .xxx will be a matter of clicking on a link on a .com.

Simply put www.sexymidgetswholikeitruff.com will have a redirect to www.sexymidgetswholikeitruff.xxx, so all the children looking for midget sex will still find it.

Faheem wonder's how many of you will try to go to that site. lol
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it seems fair, equitable, and protective of whatever free speech rights courts have misinterpreted the 1st Amendment as protecting.


Thank you, Vox. Whenever I say that the 1st amendment was only intended to protect political speech, e.g., the right to criticize government, petition the govetrnment and seek redress, period; people look at me like I've lost my mind.

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I worry that the point of that is to create a future campaign issue, where visits to .xxx sites, or Google searches for same, becomes the new marijuana


But those searches can go both ways, so with the seemingly daily "outing" of these hard-core Christo-fascists, you'd think they'd not want to go down that path.
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Originally posted by Faheem:
This plan is silly as it get and will not accomplish what they intend for it to accomplish. These companies have a vested and economic interest in the Domain Names they have thus while they will remove their content from the .com Domains the Domain Name will remain theirs and a redirect will be put on the .com page thus going to the .xxx will be a matter of clicking on a link on a .com.

That's a good point, Faheem. In order the legislation to work, they'll have to illegalize redirecting as well. Thus separating ".xxx" from all other Domain servers.

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