Some Quotes Of Note: Politicians Damning New Technologies/Cultural Artifacts

from the have-fun-with-it,-people dept

In my post earlier about Rep. Robert Wexler's misguided remarks at the World Copyright Summit, an anonymous commenter added a wonderful comment highlighting similar politically misguided sayings throughout the years that was too good not to share. The anonymous commenter didn't say where it's from, but it appears that it was mostly from a Wired article from a few years ago. So, one could make an argument that the original comment was infringing, but aren't we all better off for having had the chance to read it?
Is it the only lesson of history that man is unteachable?

-- Sir Winston Churchill

The disturbing material in Grand Theft Auto and other games like it is stealing the innocence of our children and it's making the difficult job of being a parent even harder ... I believe that the ability of our children to access pornographic and outrageously violent material on video games rated for adults is spiraling out of control.

- US senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, 2005

The effect of rock and roll on young people, is to turn them into devil worshippers; to stimulate self-expression through sex; to provoke lawlessness; impair nervous stability and destroy the sanctity of marriage. It is an evil influence on the youth of our country.

- Minister Albert Carter, 1956

Many adults think that the crimes described in comic books are so far removed from the child's life that for children they are merely something imaginative or fantastic. But we have found this to be a great error. Comic books and life are connected. A bank robbery is easily translated into the rifling of a candy store. Delinquencies formerly restricted to adults are increasingly committed by young people and children ... All child drug addicts, and all children drawn into the narcotics traffic as messengers, with whom we have had contact, were inveterate comic-book readers This kind of thing is not good mental nourishment for children!

- Fredric Wertham, Seduction of the Innocent, 1954

The free access which many young people have to romances, novels, and plays has poisoned the mind and corrupted the morals of many a promising youth; and prevented others from improving their minds in useful knowledge. Parents take care to feed their children with wholesome diet; and yet how unconcerned about the provision for the mind, whether they are furnished with salutary food, or with trash, chaff, or poison?

- Reverend Enos Hitchcock, Memoirs of the Bloomsgrove Family, 1790

Does the telephone make men more active or more lazy? Does [it] break up home life and the old practice of visiting friends?

- Survey conducted by the Knights of Columbus Adult Education Committee, San Francisco Bay Area, 1926

This new form of entertainment has gone far to blast maidenhood ... Depraved adults with candies and pennies beguile children with the inevitable result. The Society has prosecuted many for leading girls astray through these picture shows, but GOD alone knows how many are leading dissolute lives begun at the 'moving pictures.'

- The Annual Report of the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, 1909

The indecent foreign dance called the Waltz was introduced ... at the English Court on Friday last ... It is quite sufficient to cast one's eyes on the voluptuous intertwining of the limbs, and close compressure of the bodies ... to see that it is far indeed removed from the modest reserve which has hitherto been considered distinctive of English females. So long as this obscene display was confined to prostitutes and adulteresses, we did not think it deserving of notice; but now that it is ... forced on the respectable classes of society by the evil example of their superiors, we feel it a duty to warn every parent against exposing his daughter to so fatal a contagion.

- The Times of London, 1816
I particularly like the last quote. That darn Waltz. Destroying society.

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    Anonymous Coward, 13 Jun 2009 @ 6:54pm

    Re: Re: Just an interesting thought - Review of Replys

    So you bring up a good point and I ask: "What is the problem then?"

    I have entertained multiple theories, however it appears that in the past few years, a very intelligent person, Aaron Russo seemed to figure it out. Today, Mr. Russo is no longer with us as he battled with cancer which ultimately took his life late 2006. His research lives on, should you decide to pursue Google for it.

    In one of his more recent online videos, He detailed an interesting perspective that the 1960s "Womens Movement" which was to remove the major second family unit (the Mother) from the nuclear family and put them into occupation. Ultimately, this benefited the IRS for taxation purposes as then they could collect taxes on the 2nd half of it's population. Mr. Russo indicated that this was the actual intent, and that the whole "Womans Movement" was monetarily driven, and not socially driven.

    Thusly, going forward, when you see any social movement, consider it's effects on taxation, especially the Gay movement. Think a step or two down the road-- For instance, if a Gay couple wanted a child, where would they go to procure such an individual? Perhaps they would go to China. How would that be taxed?

    Point is, removal of the child from the nuclear family, and to hold them accountable to The State is a very scary thing indeed, however this seems to be the direction things are progressing towards.

    The overall acceptance of broken families, one-income households shouldn't be the typical norm, but over the years have been accepted, on a social level, has been seen as as normal.

    However, as long as you fight for rights normally seen within a regular nuclear family, and support nuclear family membership, well, you have no reason to give up any rights, or support additional taxation levied upon by the state.

    Until then, these kids need to see what they're truly a product of, and keep a soft place in their heart for their missing parent, and most importantly, before they grow up, fight again for the cracks in the foundation their parents gave up so they can be the best damned Mom and Dad evah.

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