Join us…Fight the ISP Porn filter!

Have you seen that movie The Matrix? Its one of my favourite movies. Theres a scene in it where Switch (Joe Pantoliano)  is reflecting on a piece of juicy steak. It looks real enough on his fork but in fact it is an illusion to make him think its real but the real problem is, he lives in a  world that tells him its not real but wishes to go back into the Matrix to enjoy the illusion of it being real.

I sometimes wonder if the real world is like The Matrix. It has become apathetic and complacent and even lazy because it feels no matter what problem there is in the world it will be taken care of by someone else. I guess what I’m trying to get at is the concept of control. Do you really want people or a system  telling you, or worse, denying you what you want to read, see or do? People have taken the internet for granted with all that it has to offer, the news, reference, education, social networking, porn….All these things youve come to enjoy and take for granted is being threatened under the new government proposals to introduce filtering at ISPs where you have to “opt in” to view anything of an adult nature, be it sexual, violent or just generally adult in theme. Think of a filter that can manage to do that effectively , and all in the name of protecting children. Now can you think of how many services, education, health, activities a filter like that would deny you accessing by having to opt in?

Do adults want to opt in with the fear that they may be put on a register and filed under “masturbator” in some bureaucrats office somewhere? Ok I ‘m over exaggerating this but the point is, people don’t want to be told what they can see or do at the best of times. Whats wrong with the present system where filters have been in place for years already? Do we really have to live our lives this way because parents really can’t be arsed to learn the basics of keeping their kids away from looking at hardcore pornography online?

Heres a simpler option. Have one computer in a popular family area if you dont know how to use the filters already available. Let’s face it, kids these days can easily circumvent those filter restrictions by typing all manner of filthy words into their website browser where an anti virus pop up says “this site is dangerous, visit anyway?” Its precisely that scenario why Camerons ISP filter proposal will fail because it will be ineffective and cause no end of problems that if this right is lost it will be a hard to get back, you know why? Because the government and its agencies will have got what they ultimately want.

Control.

It can restrict you from posting what you want and accessing any information that can be  construed as sensitive to national security. it will have the power to spy on your viewing habits (already in effect anyway) but most important of all, it will restrict you accessing those  informative wikileaks pages and prevent any future Bradley Mannings and Julian Assanges from leaking information that goes against its own agendas. When it starts who is to say where it will end? It starts with porn but then its already made the news that Shakespeares  Hamlet has been affected by the filters in a library because of its content being violent.

This whole fight against ISP filtering is bigger than porn but the government use it as a trump card to get everyone to agree  like they did the war on terror and the weapons of mass destruction, lies that both the UK and US government used as an excuse to get the goahead to legitimise the bombing of Iraq.

The government do not care about porn and the sexualisation of children. If they did they wouldve imposed limitations on the media and fashion industry and have us all wearing state uniforms like they did in China complete with orange tops and black plimsolls (shudder the thought)

If this sounds like a futuristic nightmare like The Matrix then you should act now and be part of a group of  citizens trying to prevent this filter being  compulsory. If  this country is supposed to be free  then why do we have to opt in? Why can’t we  decide for ourselves? Answer? Because that failed when the opt in was voted against the first time round and David Cameron vowed to do something about it. What was the point of the vote first time out  if the government decided in making it mandatory anyway?  That’s like winning the vote by a landslide and the loser calling for a recount.

You see where I’m getting at now?

There are people that feel this is a good thing and that it is workable. These people do not realise the extent of what these filters will mean to everyone in this country. There are simpler and effective ways of protecting minors without all this scare mongering (or as Jerry Barnett calls it, porn panic) of porn popping up like a shocking toaster in the middle of internet bible studies. My computer isnt the most advanced and I havent seen a pop up in years…Well not unless it was from me looking at something minors shouldnt be but hey, thats my divine right and I dont want to be told what to look at and I certainly dont want government approval to do so either. Shouldnt they be doing something about the economy and the high unemployment in this country? Not flapping on about porn.

Which brings me back to where I started.

If you want to fight this level of control then you should follow @pornpanic on twitter and facebook/sex and censorship and join the fight to prevent the internet filters and censorship.Wake up guys and girls or you’ll be like Alice in the looking glass cos if the filters come in… “Kansas is about to go bye bye”