Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 12th Dec 2012 22:03 UTC
Google A change to anything related to Google Search - the product so many of us rely on - is never going to go by unnotoced. This time around, Google has altered Image Search for US users to alter the way it handles that ever so important aspect of the web - adult content.
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RE[9]: About time
by oskeladden on Sat 15th Dec 2012 15:31 UTC in reply to "RE[8]: About time"
oskeladden
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You censor(ed) to prevent racial slurs because it offends someone? So their opinions are less valid then your opinion. I think porn offends some people. Not me particularly, I'm more offended by censoring the written word then pictures. Although both are forms of communication.

Don't Europeans have laws about religious insults? In the USA I can say "I think you're a fucking ignorant dip-shit for believing in your stupid, unproved, BS god/religion!" And that is protected speech. I think what Google is doing is trivial in reality to that kind of censorship.

Europeans have no leg to stand on when it comes to censorship.


Well, there's a fairly significant cultural difference between the US and Continental Europe on this point (Continental Europe excluding England, because the position in England has no principled or cultural basis and is totally bonkers). In Europe, the two 'forms of communication', as you put it, have had very different effects and are therefore treated differently. A European would say that unless you equate sex and violence, there's really no basis for saying that the same principles must apply in relation to both.

In brief (heh), Europe is rather relaxed about nudity and tends not to censor in relation to nudity (hence those famous Italian pasta ads). The American paranoia about depicting the female nipple on the TV and in generalist media, in particular, tends to baffle Europeans - the feeling here is that exposure to the naked female (or male) form does little harm.

Europeans are, in general, a lot less relaxed about incitement to hatred or violence - several centuries of genocides and massacres of religious and racial minorities, the vast majority preceded by rhetoric of hate, have left a feeling that certain forms of rhetoric can do great harm. The US hasn't been prone to these outbreaks, so is more relaxed about these types of speech.

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