The Internet is for Porn

Avenue Q“The Internet is for porn”, sings Trekkie Monster in the hit Broadway and West-End musical Avenue Q. But what does he know he’s a muppet right? Well there was a time when he was correct. Ask any man (and quite a few women) from the mid 90’s. The real troopers, who patiently waited as JPEG images of naked women and men (I suppose you girls had to wait much longer to get to the good bits) gradually loaded on their computer screens. The image formed from top to bottom, a few pixels at a time. First you see the hair, then some eyes, then 30 minutes and several coffees later, the top of some hopefully worthwhile breasts. The joys of a 56k modem. Google it if you don’t believe me, you’re spoiled these days!

Thankfully since then, genius scientists worked tirelessly to make modems quieter. In the process, they eventually came up with the protocols that lead to the readily available though somewhat overpriced broadband we know and love today.

Mobility and increased security have further increased the webs usefulness. We now use the Internet regularly in our daily lives. We bank, book flights, shop and play games online to name but a few generic uses. You’re using it right now and your partner is probably downloading a 79c app that’s going to wreck your head for the next few weeks.

Now the Irish Government want to copy their British counterparts and censor the Internet. That didn’t go well the last time did it? Remember SOPA Ireland? Well here’s Neil’s piece about how successful that was: Labour TD ignores tough questions on web case. In case you’re short on time and barely have enough valuable seconds to read this piece (let alone two in row) here’s the salient point:

a petition [was] signed by 80,000 people opposed to [the bill]. The public were joined by academics, solicitors and internet business owners, fearing the Copyright SI could lead to damaging internet freedom and unjust censorship

What I’m Kranking about, in case you’ve missed what could be a very significant story in the news recently, is that the Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte is considering an explicit material block online.
‘Won’t someone think of the children!’, I hear you cry. Well yes of course but this is not the correct way to protect their fragile little minds.

Firstly, mindlessly copying the British government is not necessarily a clever thing to do. Of course it’s always advisable to look at what other Governments are doing but don’t assume that just because they have been governing, parle-ing and ruling for longer than our government – that they are always right. They aren’t. Just because they’re bigger doesn’t make them better, though let’s face it our lot can be an utter embarrassment at times. Anyway, do we really want our civil liberties removed in the same manner they have been in the US&K? Do we want Cameron Cam?

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