So, Wait, Is .xxx Good Or Bad For Kids?

from the you've-got-us-all-mixed-up-now dept

It would appear that we now have two different groups of politicians, both of whom are trying to appear more "protective of our children" tossing around a political football concerning the .xxx top-level domain. Back in December, the US administration stepped in and pressured ICANN not to approve .xxx for adult sites, after conservative and religious groups protested such a red-light district online as "legitimizing" such content -- and, of course, this was bad for the cause of "protecting our children." Meanwhile, earlier this month, some US Senators started pushing a bill that would force the creation of such a domain and require all adult content sites to reside there. Again, this was put forth as a way of "protecting our children." So, for those of you who expect the government to parent your children for you, .xxx is either the best thing or the worst thing for protecting your kids. Meanwhile, ICANN, who is supposed to be making this decision on its own and who is also supposed to be separate from the US government, had planned to meet on this again this week, with approval of .xxx expected. Except... US officials have again stepped in to force ICANN to hold off, thus showing that ICANN doesn't seem to have quite the independence it claims to have. As the discussion on this continues, expect to hear over and over again the importance of protecting our children -- but who protects our children from ridiculous political battles?

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    Ben, 30 Mar 2006 @ 7:04am

    Re: we do it everywhere else .. why not the intern

    No sorry, the internet is not an acurate reflectoin of real life. There are issues that just are different. Take youself for example. You may be a pimple nosed little twerp, who was annoyed for years cuz you couldent reach the porno shelf. - Thats meerly inacurate speculation I'm sure, but you get the point. In real life you have to deal with being a little twerp no body cares about, but you have a completely diferent life on the intenet...

    The reason its top shelved is because kids go walking around video stores. You have to go looking for it, to find it. Its not hard, but our society is filled with money grubbing people who care more about income than morals, and these people own movie stores... But its just supply and demand realy.

    Same thing on internet allready. You have to be a moron who begs for adware/spyware OR be LOOKING for porn, to find it. YES you do accidentaly stumble upon it, but its not realy that prevalent.

    SO, internet is allready top shelved enough. Your a SAP if you think a .xxx domain will "fix" anything. The only thing this is about is ca$h...

    I have said it before, and I will say it again...
    If you WANT to find it you WILL.

    "just assign them the .xxx & be done with it"
    - You cant make .xxx work, there are too many holes in it for it to be a good filter. Its not meant to be a filter though. Its meant so people can cash in on $60 a domain for them and so we can all say, SEE!!! We did somthing about this nasty stuff!!!

    - I think I will puke the fist time I see one of those google ads for a .xxx domain...

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