The Internet, Pre-Filtering

Porn and Internet Censorship

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Last week, I asked you if internet censorship were coming to your country (like in the UK), would you opt-in for unfiltered internet?

1,705 people voted and helped me win some free beer from some naysayers in the office. 

For those of you who missed the post where this poll was opened, the Sex.com team has been divided on whether or not the opt-in internet censorship would really discourage people from looking at porn.

Half the team believed that people wouldn’t opt-in for fear of being listed as a pervert by their ISPs. The other half believed that people would opt-in and it wouldn’t affect their internet surfing behavior.

Well it turns out, people would opt-in.

44% of people (758) said that they would opt-in for unfiltered-internet because they “need their porn”.

That really shouldn’t come as a surprise because we are a porn site and the people we polled are here to look at porn. Obviously they would not be willing to give up their excellent porn experience on Sex.com. Especially when it’s as simple as checking a little box when you’re signing up for internet.

Only 18% (305) said that if internet censorship came to their country to ruin internet porn for everyone, they would stop looking at porn all together. Bunch of liars.

Bad news for the old heads in the adult industry. If internet censorship came and wiped internet porn from the web, only 15% (254) would not opt-in and go back to buying DVDs and adult magazines. No surprise here either.

People like internet porn because you don’t have to take the subway all the way downtown to go to a sex shop and hope that they have the new Blacks On Blondes. Every erotic fantasy can be fulfilled in the comfort of your own home, office, hotel room, or local Starbucks. People can’t go back from the convenience and clandestine nature of internet porn.

What’s interesting is that 23% of people (388) would opt-in for internet porn not necessarily to look at porn but as a protest against internet censorship. Their priorities are not internet porn but internet freedom, which is the core of this issue. Internet porn is not what’s really at stake here.

Allow me to explain…

Call me a conspiracy nut but with governments all over the world having their Orwellian secrets leaked all over the internet and trying to lock-up whistleblowers for hundreds of years, I feel like filtering internet porn is the first step in full internet censorship.

It would be impossible to just censor the internet. Obviously there are plenty of logistical problems, but also there would be public outrage. People would be throwing their iPads at the President (or Prime Minister). It would be utter chaos.

No, you couldn’t just censor the internet. Not over night anyways.

You would have to set a precedent for internet censorship. What’s one thing that’s all over the internet that most people aren’t willing to admit that they like?

I’ll give you a hint, it’s not pictures of cats.

It’s internet porn.

From a public relations point of view, internet porn is the perfect target to initiate internet censorship. Conservative groups are always more than willing to tell you how dangerous internet porn is. Meanwhile the only people who support internet porn are people in the porn industry, which rarely gets any sympathy.

Maybe I’m just a jaded prick but I’m pretty sure that they’re stooping to the lowest common denominator by saying that the planned internet censorship is being done to protect minors. By playing the “protecting minors”-card, they are counting on the silence of regular adults who look at porn so that they can lay the groundwork for internet censorship.

Because that’s what this whole opt-in thing is about.

It’s not about filtering out internet porn, it’s about setting a precedent for restricting the freedom of information on the internet. Porn is just how they’re going to get this through the door.

So even if you would opt-in to see internet porn, there’s so much more at stake.

Sign a petition to prevent the internet filtering in the UK.

Opting-in may seem like the thing to do because it’s a simple way to get the internet porn you so crave. However, agreeing to opt-in for unfiltered internet is not a solution. I mean, it is but only temporarily. Sooner or later, it will be more than just porn that the government wants to censor.

I could be wrong. I really hope I am wrong to be honest. I don’t want to live in a world of internet censorship. Not after enjoying all this sweet, sweet uncensored internet for so long.

The only thing to do is make sure it doesn’t happen.

More on that later…

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