As a contributing member to the
internet, we feel very strongly that the Internet is the perfect
place for the concepts of obscenity and censorship to finally be
expunged from our puritanical society. The truth be told, the idea
of limiting what someone says because it offends (we're not talking
about yelling fire in a crowded theatre, folks) someone's sense of morality is
just plain absurd and has no place in a free society.
Even the definition that's currently in use
today to define exactly what obscenity is has no way of being applied to the
Internet. Times are much different now then when the Miller
decision muddied the waters back in 1973 with it's vague references to
community standards and prurient interests. The word
"community" plays heavily in defining what standards are
acceptable, yet even what constitutes a community is open for argument,
especially now when we have a global medium like the Internet.
test having to do with whether the content has serious literary, artistic, political,
or scientific value
is obviously highly subjective and a ludicrous standard to set even in
1973. Who among us has the right to
judge someone else's work and say that that person should be silenced
because their work isn't "serious" enough? Adolf Hitler
would have loved that standard as he burned books throughout Nazi
Germany. Sexual expression, no matter whether it's skilled and
beautiful or awkward and ugly is still an expression of our
sexuality. Nobody should have the right to tell us that we can't
express ourselves sexually simply because it offends their religious or personal sense of
morality, especially in a private environment like an Internet website
where you must actively seek out that sexual content in order to be
offended by it.
The bottom line is that fighting
for our First Amendment Rights is something
that affects us all. It's what allows the citizenry of a free
society to voice descent, a primary cornerstone of democracy. In fact, without free
speech, there simply cannot be democracy or freedom. You can learn about this important
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