Re: Bandwith and personal vulnerablity

cboyer@nando.net
Tue, 27 Feb 96 17:38:44 -0500


>> For what it might be worth, I whole-heartedly agree with everything you
wrote
>> here. Freedom of speech/expression is NOT an obligation to offend or hurt.
>With
>> a little thought, it is possible for everyone to be happy. I dread to see
the
>> day when public video reflectors, virtual environments and the like vanish
>off
>> the face of the earth, labelled as nothing more than a foolish utopian
dream.
>
>Greetings:
> Thank you for your words of encouragement. As a U.S. military member, I
>have an
>understanding of how "responsibility" tempers "privilage"! Unfortunately,
>there
>are many in our society who want more "rights" than they deserve! I just
>wish
>"some people" would GET IT RIGHT (i.e. - C.D.A.)

Freedom implies responsibility. You should be responsible as a computer
user and kep your groin off of places where it is not welcome;
conversely, places where people's groins are welcome should not be open
towards children! Users and Sys Admins should be aware of both, and
decide what sort of paradigm they wish to maintain upon their respective
servers.

America was founded upon freedom. Every child here learns that quickly
in their scholastic careers. It is from that freedom we have achieved
greatness; it is from that very same freedom we can undermine our morals
by irresponsibly acting out our freedoms where they are not welcome. It
is not Constitutional to yell "Fire!" in a crowded theater, and despite
CDA I think it is equally difficult to defend blatant sexual expression
in the wrong forum.

That said, I feel that it is ultimately the parent's responsibility to
maintain vigilence over what their kids see on the 'net. It is utopian
to believe tha others are not going to partake in activities not intended
for nine year old eyes, be it a sexual display or a recipe to make a
nitrogen bomb out of fertilizer.

That is why I advocate a more descriptive channel identification process
for Cu-SeeMe sessions, modelled upon the same sort of system that has
been a part of IRC nearly from it's inception. Obviously, a parent will
know not to let their kids have a session upon #gayboys; the title is
obvious enough for even a computer novice.