Monday, July 7, 2014

Internet doesn't kill people, people kill people

The internet is a wonderful tool and playground offering information (both true and false) games, chat, opinion and other entertainment including of course porn. As with a lot of things it has its dark side with information and stuff that a lot of people wish weren't there, bit like the playground bully. Yet everytime someone dies due to what they saw or agreed too due to internet influence there's always the same call for control or banning...
The parents of a teenager murdered by a friend who was obsessed with violent internet porn told yesterday of their anger at how easy it is to find extreme content online.
Georgia Williams, 17, agreed to pose for Jamie Reynolds with a rope around her neck for a ‘fantasy photoshoot’, but he left her hanging and took photographs of her as she died.
Yesterday, her parents Lynette, 52, and Stephen, 58, a detective constable, spoke for the first time about the role extreme pornography played in their daughter’s murder.
They said Reynolds, now 23, had been viewing depraved acts online even as their daughter, who attended college with him, walked to his home 90 minutes before she died.
The heartbroken couple, who have another daughter, Scarlett, 23, want measures against the kind of material that fuelled Reynolds’s fantasies.
A terrible tragedy to be sure, but oddly enough things like this did happen before the internet was around and there have always been sicko's in society some of whom have charmed their way into a life only to destroy it. It's all very well calling for measures to deal with things like this, but they fall flat against the sure and certain knowledge that people if so inclined will find a way around it. One instance I can think of is the UK's attempt to block the 'Pirate Bay' a torrent site where you could download software and other items. The day that UK providers blocked it a whole host of proxy sites sprang up, no one has any problems finding one if that's what they want.
With porn or snuff it's even worse (so I'm informed) the sheer number of sites is immense and that just the image and video ones and if people want to view them, people will find a way. The most you can do is try to track down those from the UK who use such sites and good luck with that one, unless a credit card is used you'll struggle to do anything of the sort.
Yes it's all very easy to call for something to be banned on the internet, it's a damned sight harder to actually do it. Much easier to try and educate your kids to avoid such sites and people, much, much easier.

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Sniper said...

These are the same people who think that suing Google solves the problem.