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Futility of Censorship: Information on the Internet

In simple words, censorship on the internet is futile. You cannot be a hero of the internet in the eyes of children by removing or destroying content. Period.

The internet is a font of which information flows without restraint. The only heroes of the internet are those who strive to maintain that status. To fight against it on the internet, in information's domain, is like trying to stop a flood with a bucket. Sure, you'll catch some water in the bucket. However, keep this in mind. You. Will. Be. Swallowed. Wh***. Where people cannot find information in one location, they will likely find it in at least a hundred others. If you're concerned about people being offended with what's on the internet, here's a tip: Keep them off of it.

Recently, Sarah O'Connor had some pictures removed and was banned from UEvoke. I do not disrespect whoever made the decision, or whatever reasons they may have had. This is their domain, and everything within it is under their control. They have the right to remove the information, just as a building's owner has the right to paint over graffiti on their walls. Some filtration is needed, but I do not agree with it. I do, however, realize that they control the information in this place, and in this place only.

I AM however, bothered by the hypocrisy. There is a call to arms for gamers to come together for common goals, and they are reprimanded for being who they are. You do not call an assembly of astrophysicists and expect them not to talk about the gravitational pull of Uranus. You do not call upon fire fighters and not expect them to talk about their hoses. If you want (internet) gamers, you will get gamers. If they cannot be accepted as who they are, then they will return to where they are accepted.

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Comment by Wintermute on April 25, 2010 at 5:43am
I think that is a good ending to the discussion Ian, i agree, back to work.
Comment by A.V.Koshy on April 25, 2010 at 8:28am

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