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On the one hand …

Posted by Anton Aylward

On the one hand there this:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/06/10/new_york_isp_crackdown/

and on the other, when it comes down to practice, there's this

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/02/20/australian_adult_content_filter_failure/

Now please don't think I support p0rn.
But surely ...

One of the principles of good home economics is to pay down your most expensive (usually credit card) debts first. Surely there's an analogue here about applying censorial leverage where its most effective.

Sadly, the media, and hence the government and also the "do something about it now" pressure groups, are very good at making use of broad, overly inclusive labelling. It saves having to deal with fine issues, use discernment and judgement and making people actually stop and think about things rather than have an emotional reaction.

So where does pornography begin and end?