When the internet was still getting a foothold, whenever you would mention that name, the first thing to come into many people’s minds was porn. However, as time as gone by, this notion has changed as people have found beneficial ways of using the internet and how they can build their business using it. Nevertheless, porn is still quite significant on the internet. In fact, with the high speeds of connection to the internet, downloading porn clips, videos and movies happens in a matter of minutes and someone can easily get a daily dose of the same. So as the topic of this article suggests: is it realistic to rid the internet of porn? The answer is a big NO! Pursuing such a cause would be a big waste of time.
One of the things that would make this cause difficult is the amount of money that is generated in the porn industry. This is why you will find thousands upon thousands of porn sites, whose clients are largely males, who spend a lot of their money looking for sex on the internet. Some websites offer free videos to entice their clients. Others allow ‘homemade’ movies to be uploaded. Whatever the case, you will still find people spending their money for sex on the internet.
The existence of pornography on the internet is not only determined by money but also by the freedom of expression and freedom of speech. In the early stages of the internet, the online world seemed to be ‘morally pure’ with people using words with restraint and being careful not to offend others. But as time has gone by and the allowing of people to speak what they think, pornography has ended up growing and enlarging its online territory. Nevertheless, porn has been, still is and will always be there in spite of the forms it may come in. What the internet has done is to make the access of porn fast and easy; it has cut down the embarrassment that one may have if they have to purchase a porn movie from an adult store.
The downside of this is that very young children can get access to this pornographic material. But thank goodness for the internet and its ability to put safeguards in place and ensure parents are able to control the kind of websites their children can access. This means that parents have the ultimate responsibility of making sure that their children do not have access to adult content on websites. The internet is not responsible for this.
One of the major problems of pornography is addiction. You will find so many people addicted to porn that they will always be looking for any opportunity to go online and download either pornographic video clips or photographs in a bid satisfy a craving that is hard to satisfy. Alcohol has always been there and so have alcoholics. The solution has never been to eliminate the alcohol but for the alcoholics to admit their problems. In the same way, eliminating pornography is not the solution; the porn addicts seeking help is the preferred solution.
One issue that may need to be addressed is that of child pornography. This issue has been able to slip into the internet even though there are law agencies that enforce the law against such practices. The internet cannot be regulated or legislated by laws of a certain nation. This is because each country has their own set of laws that they run with. For example, in China, the government has been able to close some websites that they have deemed unsuitable.
What really makes something pornographic? What are the acceptable and non acceptable forms of pornography? These are some questions which are quite difficult to answer as regarding what may be pornographic material and what is normal. Where the line is drawn is not known because people have their own various notions on pornography. ‘Violent and extreme pornography’ is considered a crime according to the British government. The problem is that what may seem extreme to someone may not be extreme to another.