The UK took a turn for the worst this week. On Monday came the announcement by prime minister Dave Cameron that new blocks were to be universally instituted (start date not stated) to block all internet porn. The only way to get around these proposed bans both on mobile phones and PC would be to call the specific provider and provide the necessary information to have access again, information that many people probably don’t want to provide, and not for any particularly bad reason. Some of us value our privacy. Though I understand the basic rationale for this plan, I find massive issues with the logic of it for the following reasons:
First, this is meant, supposedly, to protect children. Forget the fact that anyone watching it (with the majority being adults, or ‘old enough’ kids in their teenage years) aren’t in real danger, and that the money that goes into all this could better be used on real law enforcement to prevent real crimes. It also does absolutely nothing to block horribly violent content, which in my opinion, is a far greater issue. Everyone will have sex. No one’s trying to change that. But the hope is that we won’t gun each other down. Yet, somehow, this basic logic was completely lost on the British prime minister. So instead of monitoring the content that is actually objectionable, he plans to block content that shows acts that are basic for the existence of all life. In doing so, he does a fantastic job undoing recent progress in the general acceptance of sex in our communities, making it once again something to be spoken about quietly. Forget the idea of open sexuality, not in Dave Cameron’s world!
Second, part of this was meant to stop kiddie porn. Let me make this very clear: I love porn. I do not love kiddie porn. I am completely in favor of doing everything possible to keep kids from being exploited and abused. That said, stopping guys from jacking off to whatever porn they like (generally NOT of the child variety) isn’t going to do it. Once again, the money is much better spent going after actual pedophiles. Treating the entire population like they’re criminals does nothing to prevent actual criminals. He might as well just come out and say that he has no fucking clue what to do with the child exploitation problem, in which case, maybe someone who can do better at the job should have it.
Third, in our modern world of technology, a ban like this is useless. Literally useless. And liable to cause more damage. There already exist plenty of ways to get around such bans (hence how kiddie porn operates to begin with). Maybe he should be worrying about the ‘dark internet’ where this content flows freely, and not the guys who aren’t trying to hide their shit. We like our technology in this day and age. Even simple minded folks like myself know enough to get at what we need, and when opposition stands in the way, it only means more energy will be spent coming up with alternatives. In other words, by banning regular porn, and driving it into the underground, he lumps it together with the highly illegal content, and makes them operate together. He just empowered the ‘dark internet’ even more with a law that any beginner computer user can get around anyway.
So what do I say to this? Fuck it! And fuck Dave Cameron! If for nothing else than for being a giant fucking moron! Only the guys with skeletons in their closet ban entry into the graveyard. Maybe we should be taking a look at his hard drive! And for the good people of England? Well, there are plenty of proxy sites, VPNs, and browsers that can help. I don’t know if the torch browser saw this coming when they added in their site unblocker, but the timing couldn’t have been better. The idea that this could, or would, stop people from watching porn is so novice that it’s embarrassing. It’s literally betting against the intelligence and drive of humanity ( I know, I know, I’m generally not a big believer in either of those things).
I don’t know what kind of crack that idiot was smoking when this idea came to mind, but if the two brain cells still working up there can get along for just a minute, maybe, just maybe, he’ll kill this idea before it actually takes off.