Re: Pornography Causes Reflector Shutdown

David Winetsky (dwinet@qal.berkeley.edu)
Sun, 7 Jan 1996 09:01:58 -0800 (PST)


Joel,

I see. So your right not to be offended overrides free speech. Ok,
thanks for setting me straight. (no pun intended)

David

On Sat, 6 Jan 1996, Joel W. Stocker wrote:

> On Thursday, 4 Jan 1996, Bob Dixon wrote:
>
> > Due to the increasing level of pornography appearing on the Ohio
> > State University reflector, it has been turned off until a
> > solution to prevent this is found....
>
> David Winetsky (dwinet@gal.berkeley.edu) responded by saying:
>
> > Have you considered loosening up and just letting people do what
> > they want?
> > David Winet
>
> For David and others with your approach:
>
> There are a lot of people out there who are offended by pornography,
> who actually don't want to be exposed to it - at least not by
> suprize. Out of respect for those individuals it is up to the users
> of the video and other network softwares to limit their
> "non-standard" activities to sites or reflectors set up for that
> behavior.
>
> If the individual users don't show the respect, and continue to use
> public reflectors, then the administrators of the public facilities
> are forced to make the decisions themselves about what they feel is
> disrespectful or offensive behavior. Until a technology arrives
> allowing automatic screening many administrators will vote to close
> down the relfectors altogether.
>
> My point is, because the network is global, with thousands of
> different value systems, we as individuals have to self police our
> actions even more than we normally would - not less as David's
> comment implies. Ohio State made made a judgement call out of
> respect for the majority of users. I support their decision.
>
> Joel Stocker
>
>
>
>
> Joel W. Stocker
> jstocker@canr1.cag.uconn.edu
>