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[ NNSquad ] Crusaders against public porn viewing, in a losing battle

Crusaders against public porn viewing, in a losing battle

http://j.mp/LGTh9g  (New York Times)

   "A spokeswoman for the Association of Flight Attendants said the issue
    is a bit of a "gray area," handled case by case, adding that its
    members want to avoid offending passengers or playing the role of
    censors.  One reason the issue is so thorny is that not everyone
    agrees on what might be considered offensive. That is the case even
    within Morality in Media, where Ms. Hawkins said people should also be
    careful with public viewings of violent content."

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"Gray" area.  Get it?  Seriously, give it up, morality crusade.  This
is a microcosm of a larger controversy as old as mankind.  It is
impossible to control, or even reasonably set boundaries, beyond
obvious examples like materials involving child abuse (and even there,
real control is largely illusionary).  Attempts to declare pornography
as somehow verboten but graphic violence acceptable, are tilting at
windmills in an age where a leading television series is "Game of
Thrones" and a best-selling book is "50 Shades of Grey."  Any reasonable
person would be offended by much of what some people consider to be
entertainment -- animal abuse in particular makes me incredibly angry.
But attempting to control public viewing of materials as discussed in
this article is a losing proposition, one that simply leads the way
toward expanding and hopeless (but still very damaging) censorship
regime attempts.

Lauren Weinstein (lauren@vortex.com): http://www.vortex.com/lauren 
Co-Founder: People For Internet Responsibility: http://www.pfir.org 
 - Data Wisdom Explorers League: http://www.dwel.org
 - Network Neutrality Squad: http://www.nnsquad.org 
 - Global Coalition for Transparent Internet Performance: http://www.gctip.org
 - PRIVACY Forum: http://www.vortex.com 
Member: ACM Committee on Computers and Public Policy
Lauren's Blog: http://lauren.vortex.com
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