If I asked you who is in “charge” of the internet and its rules, would you be able to tell me? In fact, is
anyone in charge?
There are a plethora of accepted rules and standards acknowledged and accepted for internet usage among children, teens, and adults alike, but who is that gets to decide these? And when did our freedom of speech become limited because of a computer?
Internet regulation is a growing concern among users and government alike. Yes, as American’s we are protected under freedom of speech, but how much can you say before it is too far and offensive or even putting others in danger? Should anyone be able to tell us it is too far, or too much? Sociable Blog lists ten reasons the government should not have the right to regulate the internet, and after reading them, I really got to thinking, maybe they are right…
Here’s just a few..
1. To protect the first amendment
2. Encouraging entrepreneurial activity
3. Facilitating Innovation
4. Complications of Regulating Legitimate Sites Under Sweeping Legislation
5. “Offensive” is arbitrary
The internet is used for more things then just communication. It is a livelihood for some, a means of researching for others. Why should someone have the right to censor or take away information just because they think it is wrong? What if what you were taught is wrong is different from the next person, and the next. Based on different beliefs, the internet could be shut down completely if we were going off of what ” offends people”. Freedom is freedom. No one should be able to take that from us.