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While We’re On The Subject of Porn. . .

While We’re On The Subject of Porn. . .

 

 

I know a lot of people were shaking their heads and asking if I went off the deep end with the guest post late Tuesday afternoon. Or perhaps you thought I was hacked? I don’t blame you. But there is a method to my madness.

I have wanted to bring up this subject for quite some time and the guest article on Google Glass made it so easy to do.

Let me preface this post and my next in the series that I’m not here to preach on the merits of, or the wrongs in surfing porn. I’m here to educate. I am also addressing those who are over 21 years of age and are of legal, consenting age to do so if that is what they desire.

That said, the article on Comunitee about Google banning porn has raised quite a discussion on the site. Some say it’s a safety issue, others say it’s their right, and I for one, commented that I wasn’t aware that Google was now the morality police.

In this age of technology, we are on a very slippery slope that needs to be addressed.

Let’s look at the safety issue. Yes, it’s true you should not be wearing any kind of device while walking or driving that takes your focus off of what you’re doing. But I argue, how is surfing porn any different than reading a news article or looking up info on a search while wearing Google Glass? If safety is the issue, then porn or not, the glasses shouldn’t be worn. End of story.

Further, technology is accelerating at such a rate that today it’s surfing porn on Google Glass and tomorrow it’s an app that reads the body temperature of the girl or guy you’re talking to and suddenly you’re seeing the outline of what’s under their clothing. (Sort of like those X-ray glasses of old.)

When the Internet was developed, I don’t think anyone foresaw what was really coming and what we’re capable of.  We need to take a step back and look at where we’re going and come up with some agreed upon standards for what’s appropriate and what’s not in terms of technology and the future Internet.

The atom bomb has been created and is usable, but does that mean we should use it? Of course not! So why do we suddenly believe that everything created by technology is usable? Is it because our technology and our society is run by Wall Street and these are publicly traded companies? I don’t have the answers; I’m just putting some thoughts out there to start the discussion. I’d like to see the technology community start a dialog about what is safe and appropriate and what is not.

For those who said Google has a right to restrict whatever they want on their product, I don’t argue that. That’s capitalism at its finest! What I do disagree with is if their banning porn is a way of dictating morality. I personally don’t believe anyone has the right to dictate morality. You are supposed to be a free, thinking, human being; shouldn’t you be able to decide what moral issue is right or wrong for you? And while I might not find any value in surfing porn or watching funny cat videos on YouTube, who am I to tell you that you can’t?

Again, this is another slippery slope. Today it’s banning porn, tomorrow it’s banning websites that speak out about social injustice. Where do we draw the line and more importantly, who is going to decide?

In the U.S. our own political parties can’t agree on what to have for lunch, we certainly can’t expect them to make the decision for us, nor should we. We need to be responsible global Internet citizens and develop a strategy that all can agree on. This isn’t just a U.S. issue.

There’s a consortium of Internet and tech companies who govern the Internet, isn’t it time you folks start looking at where we are headed and what we’re going to do about it? There is a group of engineers that govern tech standards, get out from behind the drafting tables and start looking around you. Start talking about it.

And to the average consumer of technology, stop sitting there. Whether you agree or disagree don’t remain silent, say something! Get the conversation started!

I hope when we look back on all this technological growth we will look at it as a great time of opportunity and not as a time we regret. And the only way to ensure that it turns out that way is to do something now.

Agree or disagree? Feel free to post your comments. I may not agree with you, but I sure as hell will applaud you for standing up for something!

 

 

Debbie