The information super highway
The Information Super Highway
A small boy climbs onto his chair and starts his computer as if it were his gateway to a New World. The computer is up and running and the boy carefully moves his mouse around as if it were attached to his hand. He clicks on a highlighted link and a naked woman appears on his screen. The boy quickly turns around but he is alone. Engrossed in this picture with no one to scold him, he finds a new area of the Internet. He continues to navigate through this page of nude women and hears a noise. His mother opens the door to his room but itís too late, the navigation window has already been closed and mom has no idea what her little child had been looking at. With a world of information and no way to monitor it, the Internet makes life informative as well as interesting limited only by each click of the mouse. The Internet is difficult to limit because the devices used today are not capable of monitoring such a vast new medium.
Any new medium must go through investigation and must be explored to see the full potential and how it affects society. In the 1940ís radio emerged as a strong medium, allowing thousands to hear news, entertainment, and even propaganda. Radio was new and was therefore forced to restrict its use of certain ideas and vocabulary. Years went by and a new form of media emerged: the device television, which was used to see pictures. Another new medium of communication except now with sight too. Television too was forced to restrict profanity, ideas that were not to be expressed, and information
that was only for certain individuals. Both radio and television underwent heavy investigation on how they were to broadcast. With the rise of the Internet, a new censorship era has emerged. There have been many attempts to restrict content on the Internet but nothing can be done to completely guarantee that questionable materials will not be seen. Many different methods have been tried to restrict Internet content. These methods include software developed to restrict profanity, human monitors to watch content, standard online filters, or firewalls to protect against amateur hacking. Nothing has managed to work because the Internet is too large to try and shackle down. There is always a way to smash through any form of restriction because there is no central point from which to monitor content. In addition, Internet users who want to see pornography or participate...