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Internet Censorship

   Melanie Kroll

      I would like to take this opportunity to briefly discuss a couple of points concerning the controversial topic of internet censorship. The first amendment grants Americans the right to say what they feel when they feel it. With everything from television to textbooks being censored, the web was the only untouched territory. The internet provides the largest venue for one to express opinions and thoughts, regardless of how obscene and indecent they might be.

    Granted there are children who have internet access and look at pornography or go to adult web sites, but there are alternative ways around this rather than attempting to pass Acts restricting everyone's access. There are Family Filters that are available though many internet service providers. The filters act similar to a "V" chip because they would eliminate access to indecent sites.

    One would say that there should be a way to prove age on the internet through a valid credit card number or identification number. However there is simply no way to prove age over the internet, whose to say a minor didn't confiscate their parents cards or numbers? Or if you were talking to someone in a chat room and they lied about their age and you got in trouble for it? Attempting to censor the internet as a whole would just be futile. I personally feel there really is no other way to attempt internet censorship than through the filters.


British TV Goes Too Far
         Bethany Pires

I    Illusions have been known to do things that most would consider out of the ordinary and sometimes amazing.  In London however, out of the ordinary was taken too far.  Psychological illusionist, Derren Brown, created his own form of Russian Roulette that would be broadcast on Channel 4 in Britain. The show would include Darren Brown, a volunteer, and a gun. A volunteer would put a bullet in the gun and Brown would figure out from the sound of their voice as they counted to six which chamber the bullet was in.  Brown would then pull the trigger against his head, firing the bullet into the air. Before the show aired Brown stated, “If it goes wrong, it will cut to black…I’m really putting a real gun against y head with a real bullet in it and I really am firing it" Russian Roulette).

       The show went off without a hitch.  Derren Brown fired four empty chambers against his head before shooting the fifth live chamber into a sandbag.  Police in Jersey, where the stunt took place said they knew it was fake and there was no way they would let someone shoot themselves in the head.  When a spokesman for Brown was questioned he declined to comment but stated that even if the bullet had been a blank it would have killed Derren Brown.

       Regardless of this being a stunt or an illusion, fake or real, it throws out all moral and ethical standards.  British television tricked the public into thinking that not only was the stunt real but that putting a gun against someone’s head is a game.  With the numbers of youth and gun violence increasing this just adds fuel to the fire.  It amazes me that this could be shown on television and that someone actually thought this was a good idea.  Not only should this not have been aired on television, but also the people that allowed it should be removed from their positions. 





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