It is my opinion that pornography in all its forms should be made illegal. It’s simply unnatural, and it’s not good for our culture and a healthy mind. I love freedom of speech and expression, but the first amendment isn’t a license for anything goes.
I always remember a quote that says technology isn’t a good or an evil in itself, but it is the ways in which we use it that determine whether it is used for a good or an evil. The motion picture camera and Internet are powerful technologies that allow us to do many good things. But it turns out that it also allows us to watch other people have sex, which is something that if we were to do without these technologies, we would rightly be considered a sex offender or as grossly violating another person’s privacy. Simply put, before the advent of these technologies, it wasn’t possible to watch other people have sex without us spying on people and doing things that would be condemned by our community.
I guess I believe that when technology enables people to engage in activities that they otherwise wouldn’t be able to, and enable them to do it shamelessly and as if it is “normal,” then the government needs to step and yes, censor these obscenities. And I believe that a government that doesn’t do this is either implicitly or purposefully encouraging license and a culture of “anything goes.”
Is there any argument that can be reasonably made that banning pornography from the Internet would have negative effects? (I can’t get off anymore on my computer doesn’t count…)