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Why is internet censorship bad?

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posted on Jan, 3 2012 @ 04:04 PM
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I think that without proper laws and regulations people don't think of the consequences of what they do and then they act inappropriately. They are also getting access to all the websites for free and they are wasting their life on these websites. Biggest example is facebook and twitter, people ignore their important activities in life just to do 'small talk' or other unimportant things on facebook. Where is this world heading, seriously?
So much of time each day is spent on absolutely useless activities and yet people call themselves busy and don't have time to do important things.
Internet is full of misguiding articles about health, psychology, etc which is causing many mental problems in people. Also, easily available adult / uncensored content is encouraging pornography and is changing the societal culture drastically. It is having an impact on the real lives of people which is not visible instantly but can be seen in due course of time. Also, the fact that people prefer to sit in front of the idiot box more than doing some physical work is changing the lifestyle which can contribute to increasing obesity.
I think, if there is curb on the internet (even if it is by law) in overall it would be good only. How many people just use the internet for important things like academic work or personal contacts....most of the time spent on the internet is actually a waste. How many people actually sit for one hour and accomplish something?

One would say this is an age of instant gratification and all and information should be at the fingertips but just as slow food is healthier than fast food, this 'instant' information is decreasing one's cognitive skills and concentration span too.... Example, if you don't remember the meaning of a word, you would either instantly search on google and find it or you would think and try to remember the meaning which is in a way better in the long run.




posted on Jan, 3 2012 @ 04:08 PM
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Are you a control freak? What gives you the right as an individual to tell people what they can and cant do? If you dont like the internet then sell your computer.

You obviously dont like freedom, if you really want to be a slave then maybe you should go visit some royal somewhere and offer your life to them. (or would they not have you because your not worthy?)

What a ridiculas thread IMO.



posted on Jan, 3 2012 @ 04:09 PM
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reply to post by Yeah-Alright
 


So your alternative is to stay the way we have been for the last 100 years?

No societal influences? No change in the way that we think, do things, operate?

Do you know the ammount of technology, artistry, music, etc at infinitum that you would be literally killing if you restricted the internet? It's the last actual "free" thing that you have to express yourself.

It's the only place where the truth has a chance of coming out these days as it is open and free, and not controlled by anybody overall.

What you are suggesting, is that we let "our masters" decide what is OK for you to view on the internet, what is OK for you to learn about.

As for pornography, well, it's not the governments right, or your right, or anybody's to prevent anybody from doing anything so long as they aren't infringing upon their rights. And by rights I mean, haven't hurt you physically, haven't cost you significant ammounts of loss, or haven't lied to you blatantly for personal gain.

What you are suggesting is a continued limitation of your rights.

Aren't you enslaved enough?

~Keeper

As an ATS Staff Member, I will not moderate in threads such as this where I have participated as a member.



posted on Jan, 3 2012 @ 04:09 PM
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cause when i try and tell you that your government doesn't actually need all the taxes it takes and it using those funds to further enslave you and the rest of the world with it...

they want to censor it, in case the world stands up and says no.



posted on Jan, 3 2012 @ 04:24 PM
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I have family in the UAE where the internet is censored. I email my dad all the time but only 2/5 make it because there is something they consider undesirable. Mind you the only things I tell him are about his grandchild...no cussing no threats nothing but farting rainbows. I really don't want that here.
As for people not retaining what they read, yes that is a problem but it doesn't represent every cronic googler. I remember most of what I read...yeah I might look at it for reference if I discuss it but only because I want to make sure I interpreted it right the first time before I sound like a fool.
One could argue you wasted your time on your little rant there.



posted on Jan, 3 2012 @ 06:24 PM
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Originally posted by TheMindWar
reply to post by Yeah-Alright
 


Are you a control freak? What gives you the right as an individual to tell people what they can and cant do? If you dont like the internet then sell your computer.

You obviously dont like freedom, if you really want to be a slave then maybe you should go visit some royal somewhere and offer your life to them. (or would they not have you because your not worthy?)

What a ridiculas thread IMO.
This coming from a guy who made a thread basically saying that individuals don't have the right to privacy or free assembly... (the anti-secret society thread you started a couple of days back...) Pot, meet kettle.



posted on Jan, 3 2012 @ 10:44 PM
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Because it's none of your damn business what I do online, that's why.



posted on Jan, 4 2012 @ 01:42 PM
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Is this a joke?


I think, if there is curb on the internet (even if it is by law) in overall it would be good only.


I think you are sadly, sadly mistaken. Certainly many others will agree with you. Stalin would, Hitler would, Pol Pot would. The Chinese politburo does. You and I can watch videos of what happened in Tianemen Square. I guarantee you can't find that online in China. Kim Jong would, until he went from Ill to dead, now his son would. The Stassi would, etc. See a pattern here?

See the kind of company you want to keep?

You are right though, there are cetainly plenty of things on the net to waste productive time on, like reading this thread and responding. And, as already stated, it ain't none of your damn business. And in addition to it being control freakish to wish that power, it shows a gross naivete to what goes on in societies who's governments censor the information its citizens have access to.

What's next? Food Nazis and Gulags? Gee, sounds swell.



posted on Jan, 4 2012 @ 01:47 PM
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I guess if one is fond of Sharia and other oppressive social structures, then censorship is a useful tool.

To those who seek Individual Liberty, censorship is seen as a tool of the tyrant.


edit on 4-1-2012 by mike_trivisonno because: (no reason given)



posted on Jan, 5 2012 @ 09:10 PM
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To the op,

Why should Govt do anything when all The SCUM have to do is get the braindeads to back a play that will screw them.



posted on Jan, 5 2012 @ 09:39 PM
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Who is to decide what should or should not be censored? What gives another person or entity the right to decide what rights i have and what i have access to (within reason)?

Censorship of the internet has the potential to stifle the free flow information, and information--education--is that which helps us to learn and grow.

You do not have the right to take away my rights just because you do not like them.

Censorship is a form of control and makes it easier to control, to shape a person or group of people into something those who control can more easily manipulate (and control).

"We decide what you can have access to."



posted on Jan, 5 2012 @ 09:49 PM
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I think that without proper laws and regulations people don't think of the consequences of what they do and then they act inappropriately.
reply to post by Yeah-Alright
 

Yes, that is what free will and freedom of speech are all about, namely people make choices that may be detrimental to them or others. Please explain how the internet is different from any other source that they may use to make those choices.
Furthermore, we have this "thing" called the First Amendment to the Constitution:


Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

caselaw.lp.findlaw.com...

The internet is today's leading media providing both freedom of speech, as well as freedom of the press.
Enough said.



posted on Jan, 5 2012 @ 09:52 PM
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"Why is internet censorship bad?"..

Because sites like ATS could be locked down and you could never make a thread positing the question of....

"Why is Internet Censorship Bad?"

For starters?



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