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The Chinese government has widened its crackdown on vulgar content found on the Internet

Shortly after confirming it launched a campaign to purge the internet of pornography and other lewd content, the Chinese government has banned at least 41 additional web sites for various reasons.

The online porn crackdown began more than one week ago, started by the State Council's Information Office and Public Security and Culture ministries, along with several other government agencies.  Nineteen Chinese web sites have been blacklisted, with Google.cn, Baidu and Microsoft MSN also on the list of temporarily banned web sites.

Pornography distribution is illegal in China, but the easy availability of internet has made it difficult for the government to limit access to adult content.

Google was also chastised by the Chinese government for not being proactive enough to block pornographic content in mainland China.  While Google and Baidu offer links to lewd content, MSN was accused of linking to inappropriate images on its film channel and pictures that can be found in other parts of the web site.

The government has already shut down around 100 web sites since the campaign's launch, and it's unknown how many more sites the government is expected to shut down during the oncoming weeks.  

Amnesty International and similar groups have criticized the Chinese government over its strong censorship practices, saying the internet crackdown is taking place ahead of several politically sensitive activities.

Despite the crackdown and censorship of the Internet, Chinese citizens continue to flock to the internet, as the country now has more than 300 million people using the internet.



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RE: 1/* aint bad...
By Myg on 1/15/2009 4:37:46 PM , Rating: 2
I suppose one out of a countless number of self-destructive programs was thought out well!

China may not be blocking pornography for moral or ethical reasons, but I bet they know the practical reasons:

- Pornography stunts maturity in Men, it encourages them towards self-seeking and selfish copy-cat actions which prevent them from having to deal with the reality of sexuality (emotional/physical/spiritual).

By doing this, China will get a one-up on western Society by giving its Men the best chance to grow up with a balanced and mature view on life and the opposite sex. Therefore providing the next generation with an edge with social and mental stability, and maybe even make them happier doing so!

Maybe I give them too much credit, but I'd guess it would be something like that...

Kudos to the Chinese


RE: 1/* aint bad...
By Shmak on 1/15/2009 6:27:11 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
- Pornography stunts maturity in Men, it encourages them towards self-seeking and selfish copy-cat actions which prevent them from having to deal with the reality of sexuality (emotional/physical/spiritual).


If the following statement were true, how do your rationalize the government hiding the "reality" of the internet from its citizens? If anything, these kind of laws shelter people from reality, not open their eyes to it.


RE: 1/* aint bad...
By warrioryoko on 1/15/2009 7:03:38 PM , Rating: 3
Well, you're assertions are largely unfounded and specifically conditional regarding pornography, maturity and sexuality.

I think you should meet the average male fraternity pledge. They're a MUCH greater threat to your provided views of self-seeking, selfish copy-cat actions and escapism from the "reality of sexuality". ^_____^

Pornography might stunt sexual/emotional growth in males if that were the only teacher they had about sexuality, and the only model available to base their behavior upon. Outside of that, your assumed facts are simply not true. "Stunting maturity" is too nebulous a category and too outrageous a claim for me to address in a reasonable amount of space, nor is it worth my effort.

Dunno exactly how you mean self-seeking and selfish copy-cat actions, or how that keeps others from dealing with the reality of sexuality either... so I'll respond only with my best interpretation of what you've stated.

Taken to extremes, and used in the absense of a higher guiding principle, yes. Pornography does lend itself to a shallow view of sexuality and relationships, and to self-gratification independent of another persons' needs. So do most television programs on daytime television, but I digress. Part of the reason that pornography has laws controlling or blocking access to certain age groups is because of this. Exposure to subject matter so influencial to the development and character of a human being at an age where the mind perhaps can not properly process all the subtleties involved and the consequence of action. Much like realistic depictions of graphic violence.

What the effects will be depend entirely on the eye of the beholder. Not everyone that views pornography is brainwashed into this accused self-seeking and selfish behavior that doesn't deal with the reality of sexuality. Such behavior is, was, and always will be a lack of education and understanding of sex and sexuality, and perhaps apathy as well. Pornography does not cause this, single-handedly nor in part. Taken in the right circumstances, it can tip the scales towards views and behaviors disconnected with the reality of sexuality, as differently and far removed is the reality of a scene experienced firsthand and that scene viewed on a computer screen.

I don't defend what negative effects pornography may potentially have, nor that it should be regulated in some form and should be consumed cautiously. I only demand that causality is accurately attributed.

Your real enemy is decadent moral views and purely existential, animalistic views of humanity, the human body, and the sexual act itself. Pornography is only a tool that may be used to that end.

I won't go into a detailed discussion of all the behavior matching your model of self-seeking and selfish action across all cultures, countries and time periods, independent of and often exclusive of pornography. I'll only make the reference. =)

Eliminating access to pornography will not raise a generation of men with a balanced and mature view of life and the opposite sex as you might like to believe it will. Only education and mentoring to that end will, and will ever accomplish that. Ignore the fact that the next generation in China hardly *HAS* any women with which to develop such attitudes.


RE: 1/* aint bad...
By Myg on 1/17/2009 7:46:14 PM , Rating: 2
I don't quite fully understand you, first you disagree, then agree then disagree, then agree and disagree...

Pornography is a subset/expression of the moral degredation, you cant seperate the two.

Despite; in all (what I got from what you wrote) you have agreed with me that China is giving its men the "best chance" and I must admit, its nice to have some support on such an issue :-)


RE: 1/* aint bad...
By warrioryoko on 1/17/2009 11:32:16 PM , Rating: 2
I'm not see-sawing between agreeing and disagreeing with you, and I'm not agreeing with you that China is giving its men the "best chance".

Also, you're a moron.


RE: 1/* aint bad...
By Myg on 1/18/2009 6:08:00 AM , Rating: 2
Ouch; I hope you know that your name calling just undid any possible chance of actually being seen as reasonable and intelligent...

Anyways:

- Disagree

"Well, you're assertions are largely unfounded and specifically conditional regarding pornography, maturity and sexuality."

- Agree

"Pornography might stunt sexual/emotional growth in males if that were the only teacher they had about sexuality" [You accept that pornography has an influence, even if circomstancial, therefore agreeing with my premise that it leads/assists men's growth]

- Agree

"Taken to extremes, and used in the absense of a higher guiding principle, yes. Pornography does lend itself to a shallow view of sexuality and relationships, and to self-gratification independent of another persons' needs"

- Disagree

"Pornography does not cause this, single-handedly nor in part."

- Agree

"I don't defend what negative effects pornography may potentially have"

- Disagree

"Eliminating access to pornography will not raise a generation of men with a balanced and mature view of life and the opposite sex as you might like to believe it will"


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