Here’s a message to our President elect. When Britain comes around asking for America’s help in further censorship of the internet. Just say NO.
It seems the UK’s government has taken it upon itself (no, the people don’t want it), to censor the internet, yup, the whole thing.
- They are pushing a plan to set up a government mandated movie style rating for web sites.
- Force ISP’s to display material appropriate for children only after a certain time of day.
- OR just not display any material not suited for children, ever.
- Changing laws to make it easier for someone to sue for Libel if it occurs online.
Does anyone remember when the last time we changed the rating system for movies in America? They made it easier to get the new “X” rating for a movie, calling it NC17 for movies that weren’t porn but were for adults. Theaters all across the country embraced these movies at first, (The cook and his wife were a big NC17 hit). Within one year the Christian “Conservatives” pressured all the major chains and then independent theaters into never showing a NC17 movie again. Now they just won’t make movies like that.
The same thing will happen with the internet if they do the same thing, duh.
Later I’ll add some links to sites that will probably get the new “X” (not “XXX”) rating, whatever they will call it and will probably thus be banned by every state in the union.
Sure, ever since the Civil War, we Americans have lost the ability to control our government, but we can’t fix that now (ever). Sure, our leaders say things like, “I don’t even know how to check my e-mail” (G.W. Bush and John McCain both have said this). But to maintain appearances of a Democracy, our government sometimes listens to large public outcries. It’s also true sometimes they make laws that sound like they are giving us what we want, but really actually giving the bad guys what they want (The CANN SPAM Act ring a bell with anyone?). Now is the time for one of those large public outcries.