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Pornography is vile and repugnant. It is an abomination to the modern society, and stands in stark contrast to the morals our culture upholds. It has, however, found its way onto the unrestricted world wide web, and proceeded to be open and available to all willing to partake in this tasteless form of entertainment. With the spread and mass availability of pornography through the internet, many have begun to express concerns as to the welfare of children and even to the general vulgarity of such graphics. They now call for enhanced filtering software, restric- tions by internet providers to limit the accessibility of pornography and some even demand gov- ernmental intervention. Vulgar as these images are however, the usage of governmental restric- tions is frivolous and unwarranted. Whereas both purchased software and governmental inter- vention inhibit access to pornography and protect children from such suggestive material, the later achieves this goal through an unwanted means; the obstruction of personal freedoms. Al- though it is important to safeguard minors from the atrocities of pornography while utilizing withstanding age regulations, government regulations are an inadequate means of protection as they create ineffective barriers that often infringe upon the right to freedom of speech. Pornography although derogatory and offensive, is considered by the United States Su- preme Court to be a freedom of speech and expression, and is thus openly available to consent- ing adults over the internet. In the decision of Reno v. ACLU, the supreme court case to decide on the constitutionality of the Communications Decency Act, the Supreme Court ruled that “the CDA lacks the precision that the First Amendment requires when a statute regulates the content of speech.” This inherently stands to announce that pornography, unless deemed to be obscenity, is constituted as freedom of speech and thus entitled to the liberties provided by the First Amend- ment. This means that consenting adults, who wish to indulge in explicit viewing of porno-
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graphy, are free to do so. The decision also serves to safeguard the production of pornography and solicitation over the internet as to protect corporate privacy rights. One main point that this definition of pornography does not provide for however, is the solicitation of pornography to minors. The liberties of the first amendment do not, and should not, extend to minors wishing to access explicit content. Although this ideal of preventing minors from the viewing of lewd sexu- al acts should be sustained, this is often not the case. Whereas adults can access pornography freely with very few restrictions, minors can also easily circumvent withstanding age require- ments and gain access to explicit websites over the internet. They view salacious, adult oriented
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This note was uploaded on 05/10/2008 for the course POSC 130g taught by Professor Below during the Fall '06 term at USC.

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