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    Default Internet Censorship & Neutrality

    [YOUTUBE="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rFhbSolKWP0"]Alex Jones: Internet Censorship[/YOUTUBE]

    How serious do you guys think this is? I've heard this spoken of for a while along the lines of net neutrality. I know the video sounds too enthusiastic (at least to me), but I'm wondering.

    Thoughts, comments, etc.?

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    Well I stopped watching after checking to see if those sites he mentioned as being blocked from the UK were really being censored/blocked from the UK, and they are not.

    I know censorship exists (turkey and youtube for a start), but so far I haven't been blocked from any sites apart from hulu :steam:
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    Default Censorship is another word for regulation

    Why do people have such a problem with regulation? It's obvious that the internet needs some regulation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hmm View Post
    Why do people have such a problem with regulation? It's obvious that the internet needs some regulation.
    Because we like having a semi-anonymous medium to express and learn about things that are normally regulated/restricted in the real world. That's the whole appeal of the Internet. If you make the Internet like the real world, what's the point of going online instead of just being out there in reality?

    For one thing, the Internet has always been fairly unregulated. Why would people want to have restrictions imposed now when they're so used to enjoying the benefits of an unregulated Internet? If you regulate the Internet, it becomes LESS, not more. We lose something big that we'll never, ever get back in another form, at least not for a long time. Please don't take this world, your people already have the real world. Leave us alone and let us have this one, please? We need a haven for our values, we don't want yours introduced and imposed here.

    EDIT: Sorry if I overreacted. This idea is just so terrifying to me. Certain kinds of regulations being introduced could pretty much ruin my life and force me to repress almost everything I think or feel, all the time, everywhere. I just didn't like where it might lead. I hope you understand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hmm View Post
    Why do people have such a problem with regulation? It's obvious that the internet needs some regulation.
    What is this "obvious" that you are referring to?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hmm View Post
    Why do people have such a problem with regulation? It's obvious that the internet needs some regulation.
    I am curious, Hmm. Would you consider banning books, regulation also?

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    I just wondered what it'd be like if the internet died. My life would be over. I actually wasn't really listening to what he was saying, but the way he was saying it sounded like the internets was about to die D:

    I never really make much of Alex Jones though. I think he was just saying prison planet is censored so people would end up checking it out, and of course, it isn't censored...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eldanen View Post
    [YOUTUBE="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rFhbSolKWP0"]Alex Jones: Internet Censorship[/YOUTUBE]

    How serious do you guys think this is? I've heard this spoken of for a while along the lines of net neutrality. I know the video sounds too enthusiastic (at least to me), but I'm wondering.

    Thoughts, comments, etc.?
    He's a nut. He's fear-mongering.

    Which is not to say that there's no censorship; I'm sure there is. But he has a vested interest -- he's making some pretty wild claims to get people all worked up so they will disseminate his message, whatever it is. (I've lived without prisonplanet.com all this time, I think I will go ahead and live without it awhile longer, although I was sure tempted to go check it out while he was talking about it).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edgar View Post
    What is this "obvious" that you are referring to?
    The most obvious being when the law is broken.

    Quote Originally Posted by ygolo View Post
    I am curious, Hmm. Would you consider banning books, regulation also?

    I think the guy is a bit alarmist, but it is good to have some alarmists around.
    Yes, I think banning books is regulation. For example, most public libraries ban pornography books and magazines.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Athenian200 View Post
    Because we like having a semi-anonymous medium to express and learn about things that are normally regulated/restricted in the real world. That's the whole appeal of the Internet. If you make the Internet like the real world, what's the point of going online instead of just being out there in reality?
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