Monday, July 22, 2013

Cookies & Porn - A Recipe For Disaster

The old 'Where there's muck there's brass' saying translated well into the TV/video industry as 'Where there's porn there's money'. The porn industry is credited with making VHS a winner over the superior Beta format and has been the benchmark for over a decade online.

Except, now, the porn industry online is in terminal decline. A war to the bottom (forgive the phrase) has meant that no one pays for porn any more. And kids everywhere have free access.

Now the UK Prime Minister wants to gain some voter points by banning porn and making it 'opt in' in the UK. Just like that wonderful 'cookie' legislation was so successful in empowering web users about who was grabbing their information (OK, that legislation came from the uber-morons at the EU).

The idiotic cookie law (which this site refuses to subscribe to - go on, sue me..) only results in annoyance and no utility or public good. I fear Mr Cameron's proposals on porn are from the same misthought school (somewhere deep in the 17the century with no understanding of a computer let alone the internet, or Eton, if you prefer).

the problem is that kids are smarter than their parents.

I remember watching some of my cohorts in standard 2 getting caned for bringing girlie magazines to school. Healthy stuff.

Obviously, the current situation is also wrong, but why is it that when the internet, reality, good intentions and the legislature meet the result is always a disaster ?