China wants to make the Internet pure…
How old is porn? Pretty damn old, actually. There are cave wall paintings depicting people having sex, and my gut tells me they weren’t painting them just for posterity. It’s not really that hot, but back then, there must have been quite a few Cro-Magnons pleasuring themselves to it.
Hey, it’s in our nature to like sex. The Gutenberg printing press was used for more than simply printing Bibles. There’s also a number of analysts who claim pornography is one of the main reasons the Internet grew to be what it is today. Yes, innovation paid for by the diligently perverted. I love it.
Of course, it’s not everyone has a sense of humor about these things. China is launching a new offensive to try and clean up sites it considers vulgar and offensive, and sites failing to comply will simply be blocked. The government claims it’s their responsibility to protect public morality, which is just another way of saying it’s their duty to shape public opinion. The sites believed to hold unsuitable materials include sites that criticize the government, so their Orwellian minds have worked hard to include other materials in an effort to hide the fact they are attempting to quash dissent among the citizenry.
Of course, the joke is on them. Trying to police the Internet is like building a dam out of paper towels; you just can’t hold back that much water. Sure, the obvious sites might get shut down, but there will always be elite rebel hackers who will exploit any weakness in the system.
China isn’t the only one who is trying to do this. Australia is wrestling with some pretty controversial legislation as well. The government wants to ban certain sites, and although the websites involved do sound odious, it’s a slippery slope that can often have more frightening long term consequences.
I’ll say this once and I’ll say it again: leave the Internet alone, morons. I like how vulgar and perverted it is! Hell, I guess a lot of Christians probably feel like I should be part of that list!