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[7]: porn destroys cultures
by UltraZelda64 on Fri 14th Dec 2012 05:25 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: porn destroys cultures"
UltraZelda64
Member since:
2006-12-05

I am primarily defending against censorship of any kind, but this news story just happens to be about nude pictures in Google's image search. What a coincidence that in this case I happen to be sticking to the topic at hand for most of my examples.

FYI, I am 100% against the censorship of "explicit" language in music, violence in movies and video games, and pretty much any other form of censorship. Period. Freedom of speech and expression, without nuts like you trying take every part of life away that goes against your own personal beliefs and agendas. Nice try, though.

By the way, this username originated from a gaming site I signed up to probably over a decade ago and haven't used in many years, and I just kept it for simplicity and familiarity. What a crime. Are childish Slashdot-style attacks regarding usernames and resorting to stereotypes really all you can do?

That said, I'd much rather be in a world of video games than in some nonsense utopia like what you're describing, where nothing is allowed aside from mindless bible-thumping and where all fun, amusement and everything natural ceases to exist. Give me Ms. Pac-Man or Galaga over your disturbing paradise any day.

Your method of beating around the bush, attacking those who don't share your own faith in order to neatly sidestep the questioning of your own beliefs, is typical of hell-bent followers of the mainstream religions... so I'm not really surprised though.

Edited 2012-12-14 05:44 UTC

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RE[8]: porn destroys cultures
by Hiev on Fri 14th Dec 2012 15:48 in reply to "RE[7]: porn destroys cultures"
Hiev Member since:
2005-09-27

I am primarily defending against censorship of any kind

This is your problem, is not censorship, is filtering, is like saying an open triple A tv channel is censuring porn because is not exposing it, there is a place and time for each thing, that is what you don't understand.

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UltraZelda64 Member since:
2006-12-05

This is your problem, is not censorship, is filtering, is like saying an open triple A tv channel is censuring porn because is not exposing it, there is a place and time for each thing, that is what you don't understand.

Wow... so removing images of what a small number of overly-insecure people deems as inappropriate for everyone is no longer considered censorship. Never mind the fact that Google doesn't clearly explain why this has been done and how to get around it for those who don't want to be restricted (or just put it where it's expected, back in the options), so most people will be left with no other way than switching search engines.

The Internet is not broadcast television; everyone uses it differently. Not everyone is forced to see the same tame "family-friendly" garbage Fox wants you to see. I don't think anyone would type "threesome" or "blowjob" by mistake, and those queries show intent as clearly as it could possibly be. Filtering the results of such obviously adult-oriented searches is most definitely censorship.

You can "filter" ads from ever being displayed in your web browser, but this is more often referred to by what it actually does: "ad blocking." You can control your entire home Internet connection by "filtering" certain entire categories of websites using OpenDNS, but the end result is that you're censoring your Internet connection by selectively choosing what web sites are able to be visited. In other words, blocking what you see as inappropriate.

This is effectively censoring for the majority of people, who will not know the tricks to bypass it, because Google doesn't tell them. Some of these people will probably end up switching search engines as a result. Hell, if the competition didn't mostly suck, I probably would have considered switching myself over this just over the fact that Google is trying to play net nanny here--and I don't even use Google for porn.

Filtering, blocking, censoring... there's not much of a difference here in the end result. "Filtering" is just a method of excluding/blocking/censoring content.

Edited 2012-12-14 21:16 UTC

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