|David Marr - Justice Wood and "The Hazards of the Internet"
||[Oct. 27th, 2008|07:10 am]
According David Marr Sydney Morning Herald October 27th 2008
Mr Wood emphasises that his is a narrow proposal designed to deal mainly with the hazards of the internet. He is clearly worried by the prospect of the net lowering standards generally. We are getting more and more bombarded with this material, he says. Barriers are breaking down. The concern is more in the potential. There needs to be a bit of a brake.
If the law starts changing under that sort of pressure, Caravaggio might be in trouble.
Indeed a Google Image search on Caravaggio provides the opportunity for his works of art to be flagged offensive.
According to Somebody Think of the Children Michael Meloni
Dale is right. The ACMA blacklist can contain content as tame as MA15+ and above. The British Telecom list is not equivalent to ACMAs blacklist.
From what I can tell the idea is to stamp Australia's classification system to the entire Internet for items to be viewed or downloaded in Australia by Australians. This is the stance of Labor governments and the stance of the previous government who introduced mandatory PIN number for material that could be classified "R".
The "X" rating it seems has to go and the entire Internet has to be policed according to Australia's revised Classification Law which will regard the "R" rating as approaching taboo. No doubt a very strict enforcement of Classification law in Australia.
Update : Ban X-Rated Porn for everyone including adults - Somebody Think of the Children
see also Sexualized Culture Increasingly Exploiting Girls by Father John Flynn, LC Rome, October 26th. 2008
Christianity proclaims that men and women share equal dignity and responsibility, Benedict XV explained. He criticized as "acts of violence" against women the practice in advertizing, and the entertainment industry of making them objects of mistreatment and exploitation.
"Faced with such grave and persistent phenomena the Christian commitment appears all the more urgent so that everywhere it may promote a culture that recognizes the dignity that belongs to women, in law and in concrete reality," the Pope stated. Truly an urgent task in the face of a media culture often intent on destroying human dignity.