Eric Holder, The American Library Association And Wikipedia Are America's Worst Porn Enablers

from the thinking-of-the-children-is-tough-when-your-brain's-shut-off dept

As has been pointed out before, the Internet is for porn (when not being used for bogus lawsuits). Unfortunately, the Internet was thoroughly dissed by Morality in Media's "Dirty Dozen" list, which names and shames the 12 filthiest "enablers" of our nation's "porn pandemic."

The top name on the list is a bit of a surprise: Eric Holder. Certainly, Holder is less than beloved here at Techdirt. (Here's a few dozen reasons why.) But to date, we've never really found him to be some sort of Bob Guccione Jr., wandering the Dept. of Justice spreading the Good News about porn.

Here's why Holder is public enemy no. 1, according to Morality in Media.

Mr. Holder refuses to enforce existing federal obscenity laws against hardcore adult pornography, despite the fact that these laws have been upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court and effectively enforced by previous attorneys general.
Hmm. Maybe it's because he's got bigger fish to fry, what with Kim Dotcom still wandering around New Zealand shooting his mouth off (and opening new storage lockers), domestic spying and possible domestic drone attacks to keep under his hat, FOIA requests to ignore and the prosecution of Aaron Swartz to answer for.

Federal obscenity laws are randomly enforced. Previous attorneys general may have made an effort if enough noise surrounded the case, but by and large, porn continues unabated.

Here are the other 11 of the "Dirty Dozen:"

Comcast

Comcast gets named out front, but the dropdown text names every major cable/DSL provider, each of which provides premium and PPV porn.

Facebook

Considering Facebook won't even let you post a naked breast anywhere (even in breast cancer/breast feeding discussions), it's somewhat laughable to think Big Social is a porn fan's paradise. Morality in Media says:
The world’s most popular social networking site has become a top place to trade pornography, which we have reported on numerous occasions. According to reports, even child pornography is regularly shared on Facebook and women and children are trafficked on the site.
Oh, never mind. It's completely laughable. It's like Craiglist, only with a UI that won't make your eyes bleed! (Oddly enough, Human Traffic Central does not make the list.)

Google Play

Unlike Apple's walled garden of fully-clothed delights, Google's app store is rather laxly policed. As MiM points out, porn is everywhere ("in every category"). Android also enjoys a larger marketshare than IOS. COINCIDENCE?

LodgeNet

SpanktroVision.

Hilton Hotels

Porn pushers as well, apparently. Hooked up with SkyLodgeNet and timing its porn ads so they're the first thing you see when you turn it on... at least according to MiM's research.

Twitter

Twitter doesn't police tweets containing external links, so the service may as well just be the hype man outside an adult bookstore, pressing Tweets into the hands of every passerby.
Twitter has become the new ‘micro-porn’ service with tens of thousands of porn tweets an hour. Of course, there is no way to keep this from children.
Of course. Children are unregulated entities who raise themselves by foraging for food and following porn-y Twitter feeds. If only they had parents...

American Library Association

Oh, look. Big Lend is hooking your innocent little children up to porn IVs disguised as publicly accessible computers. And when it's not doing it directly, it's allowing your children to peek over the shoulder of that skeevy-looking dude browsing porn in public. For shame. If only the ALA would shut up about this "First Amendment" and keep its computers locked up tighter than an AOL portal with NetNanny running over the top.

Wikipedia

Useful tool or PORN LOCKER? You be the judge. (Or don't. It looks as though MiM has that position locked up...) Because Wikipedia won't proactively monitor content uploaded to Wikicommons, it is now awash in all kinds of pornography, ranging from the merely titillating to the hideously obscene to the kiddie. (Again, according to the "researchers" at Morality Central.)

Cosmo Magazine

I, for one, cannot be bothered to defend Cosmo's "good" name. It certainly can't be bothered to defend anyone outside its target demographic.
This staple of the supermarket checkout line may be as pornographic as Playboy magazine, but without the pictures.
So... just like the Playboy app currently being sold at iTunes?
This publication has steadily declined from a somewhat inspirational women’s magazine to a verbally pornographic “how-to” sex guide, further desensitizing young women and girls to the pornified culture around them.
One thing's for sure: "pornified" is a way underused term. (Also: porntacular, pornstravaganza, porned up, pornundated.)

Barnes & Noble

Well, good thing it's on its way out, then. MiM found nearly "two dozen" porn mags for sale at one store it randomly checked. (Give it another month or two, MiM! You may not be able to find the store at all! Smooches, Amazon.)

Dept. of Defense

O. M. G.

Servicemen "read" porn.

MiM says the DoD has a "porn problem" and acts like this is a new thing, instead of something that's been going for as long as young, warm-blooded males have been sent miles away from their loved ones for months at a time, often while being shot at frequently. Of course they had porn. And still do. Next, MiM will be adding the federal prison system to this list and acting shocked that incarcerated males would be in possession of pornography.

Morality in Media wants your help to "target, expose and shame" entities like the American Library Association, the Department of Defense and, um, Cosmo. It even gives you a pre-written petition to sign and, oddly enough, the opportunity to share this on Face[porn]book. But this whole list reeks of extrapolation and desperation, as if actual pornographers were nowhere to be found. Instead, we are given the opportunity to approach porn at an oblique angle and shame entities and services that have plenty of positive aspects. (Not included: Eric Holder, LodgeNet.) It takes a special sort of mindset to look at libraries and Wikipedia and see nothing but gaping pornholes.

Filed Under: eric holder, libraries, porn, porn enablers, wikipedia
Companies: american library association, morality in media, wikipedia


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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 9 Apr 2013 @ 6:17pm

    Porn is a natural outcropping of the artificial scarcity of nudity. If we were more comfortable with ourselves (naked or otherwise) it would not be a problem. Nor would sexy TV commercials be so distracting and effective in a bad/manipulative kind of way. (Just have to buy that SUV that the hot babes/guys like!)

    Obviously Morality in Media is a special interest group based on puritanical religious viewpoints. Do they do their staff recruiting at some Wesburrough FL church as this report would do them proud. This apparent campaign to put more fear into society seems vapid.

    Since this list mentions the library, bookstore and even Wikipedia? Its strains the mind to grasp the ridiculous tragic comedy being presented. Any communist regime would love to hijack this kind of misguided effort for their own control desires. (Political convenience.)

    Its normal that extreme religious groups want to shut down society itself and force their pious viewpoints on entire nations and it has been done before. Example; The Crusades that plagued Europe for hundreds of years during the aptly named Dark Age where innovation was zero and tyrants ruled with murder and war.

    What is truly tragic is that another special interest group has been hijacked by extremists with no respect for the constitution and its Bill of Rights. Morality in Media cannot be taken seriously at this level.

    Here is an excerpt from one of my earlier posts (Darn cant find the link... Write to much?) You'd think all this is obvious but it escapes the average Joe. Its right to the point/topic.

    Quote;

    “How does one become aware. Aware of what? The world? Society and groups with specific shared meems? (both good and bad) How do we all fit withing all that? (this is a ten+ page essay would anyone sit through all that? Edited version follows.) Everyone goes through a coming of age moment several times in a life. Best to provide them as soon as possible. Its a crime that kids grow up and similarly that parents want to preserve childhood forever.

    Keeping in mind that once a question is asked by a child full disclosure is needed to whatever extent you measure or are able to describe without... fear. 100% honesty complete with your embarrassment is needed at this point or your kids might start to ignore you. (are you holding back?)

    How does one explain the facts of life without dirty nude pictures in a playboy/girl magazine, bloody war photos of goo and spatter (that are censored and hard to find thus giving an artificial glamorous view of war without the vivid reality of horrible gore), evil serial crime without disgusting stories of murder with photos like the insanity of John W. Gacy, government corruption without pictures and stories of killing just because of experiments/profit, … life is real and horrible unless one makes the effort to become a good person amid all the trash and terror of life.

    How do we explain such real life showing the wonderful explosion of cultural greatness shown by Einstein, Martin Luther King, Harold Washington (1st black mayor of Chicago IL), Thomas Jefferson, etc. So many great people and things in life to have fun with.

    There are some things each of us should fear with all of our hearts and intelligence; War, rape, violent crime, serial murders, dictatorship, monopolies, copyright, performance and trademark law (hahahah), insanity and worse things like the erosion of democratic culture. (not a joke)

    Parents should introduce these topics as they seem able. Each subject is as sensitive as the feared 'facts of life' talk but also as important when introducing the concept of human nature in it greatness/terribleness.

    On the Internet and in real life (pointless to force either issue) kids will obtain porno or whatever they want physically ( a playboy or girl magazine) or virtually (on-line) every time. Evey time. The question is... will you as a parent be there at that time to guide your kids along way you believe are good? If you leave it to chance what will your kids actually obtain? An S&M magazine? (From the neighbors garbage.)

    Do you believe that you should prevent and prohibit your family from knowledge about sex, war, human nature (good and bad) or whatever? Lets phrase this another way; do you want to see you kids intimidated at school repeatedly about such silly stupid subjects that you should inform them of as soon as they even attempt to question you about them? (Sex, marriage, where babies come from, cuss words, how to defend themselves physically and verbally, whats the difference between saying “thats a lie” and “you are lying”?)

    What happens to the child who has no idea what sex is once they reach the age of 18? what happens to anyone without some worldly knowledge? Yes. They, most likely, get taken advantage of... Sad tale. Bad ending. Damaged psyche. PTSD.”

    Unquote.

    Get real. Mostly what we are to embarrassed to admit to our kids is our own inability to say “we don't know”. We suffer from our own social inadequacy. (no pun)

    Being able to have a long term relationship be it friendship or closer is a vital social skill that cannot be forced. Both individuals and couples must know/learn how to survive the daily bombardment of experiencing the joy and terror of life. Its important for a stable society. The type or style of any relationship is up to the couple.

    So if censoring real life will always lead to tragedy... Topless babes on the beach. Yes. Shared hot spring baths? Sure. Streaking in public? Of course. Nude beaches? Why not. Hot magazined in the bathroom? Maybe so. Secret stash of porno? Who cares!

    Side note; there are a lot of evils perpetrated in the porn industry (of which Prendaa is possibly a part/symptom of its exploitation?) which are separate issues to the puritanical viewpoint that this essay is critical of.

    Hiding behind closed doors for normal human activity produces the same perverted ways akin to politicians fornicating bad law in secret meetings. Both are evil for open, free society.

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