Who is to blame?
A blogger friend of mine wrote this post and I must admit, as I said on his blog – I agree with him.
I completely agree with you, Gary – but inbuilt into the first browsers were the ability to block certain sites – common knowledge.
What this is all about is, utilising the child as a lever, is that governments want to control the internet, they are, in the west, slowing doing what they need to do to achieve that aim – not so in China etc – there they just did it.
Sue the parents that allowed the child to do what they have done! Better still – sue the frigging kid! That will focus them for the next 20 years as they are trying to pay off the lawyers bills and the compensation awarded.
The T&C is a contract FFS! “By clicking here you…agree” etc.
Not frigging hard is it?
Doing a surf the other night I came across this – WHY I HATE CHILDREN
Now I don’t hate children – and I really don’t think that Pierre does – that isn’t what I took from his piece. But I do agree with this:
In the meantime, overly-protected kids, raised in smoke-free environments, shoot or stab their little classmates in the government’s schools.
What kind of society are we building for these children? A society where people will be either rulers, criminals, or life-long children. Remember what Alexis de Tocqueville, 150 years ago, forecast about the democratic societies of the future: “Above this race of men stands an immense and tutelary power, which takes upon itself alone to secure their gratifications, and watch over their fate. That power is absolute, minute, regular, provident, and mild. It would be like the authority of a parent, if, like that authority, its object was to prepare men for manhood; but it seeks on the contrary to keep them in perpetual childhood.”
Thinking about it, instead of hating children, we should hate those exploiters who use them as tools to enslave us. There is no place for hate, but only love, in the New Age? We must love tyrants too? I submit that this would only amount to an intergenerational transfer of hate. For when all heaven has broken loose, and our children or their children wake up, they will hate the political child exploiters of today. The rest of us won’t escape the blame: our descendants will hate us for not having stopped the nice tyranny while there was still time.
I see so many in society today who really, really do believe that the State and its institutions are all for us, the people – we who stand under them and allow them to dictate to us what we can do.
But, as that piece says – will our children forgive us for this once they wake up in their world, one that we are shaping for them, and find that world a simple world of restrictions and unethical rules?
Yes, yes, and yes again – we have to make the world safer for them – better if you will. But we cannot allow that to be dictated to us because of what is, and I can guarantee this now, the establishments view on how we, as a people, should live.
This simply isn’t just about the internet – it is about each and every one of us having our freedom to be who we are and do as we see fit.
What is worse – I am one of those wishy-washy liberals, yet – I don’t see those ardent Conservatives who cry freedom at each point doing much. What I do see the Conservatives doing is allowing the restriction to carry on because it makes them “safer”.
Remember these words:
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)
Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.
[T]hey came first for the Communists, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist;
And then they came for the trade unionists, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist;
And then they came for the Jews, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew;
And then . . . they came for me . . . And by that time there was no one left to speak up.”
If you don’t wake up soon – you will condemn your children to servitude.