The internet corporation for assigned names and numbers, a non profit group that oversees the assignment of domain names, top level domains, and other addresses, has caved into pressure from “ignoramuses – and delayed the approval of the .XXX top level domain. ICANN’s new TLD was designed to semi-regulate the online porno industry.
It seems that conservative Christian groups, the Bush administration, and generally clueless housewives, have been bitching at the United States commerce department about the issue. The commerce department, in following the food chain, bitched at ICANN.
In response, ICANN postponed a hearing for the porno TLD until September 15, giving the commerce department more time to get public input.
The thought process of the religious right on this one really baffles me. Even though .XXX probably will never take off, its creation would give pornography opponents a chance to regulate, control, and prevent access to adult sites. It also would allow non-profit groups aimed at keeping children away from porn a much easier method of doing so. Internet filters would only need to block access to domains that end in .XXX.
Why are conservatives so hostile toward the online porn industry? After all, it’s obvious they are part of it and are funding it. Some reports indicate that nearly half of all internet users access porn sites, and the industry is a 12 billion dollar a year business. Hypocrisy at its best!
I think of pornography as one of those things that, as long as procreation exists, will always be popular. It’s one of those things that has been around for thousands of years, and will probably never go away. Rightfully so.
Most of us can agree that child porn does not fall into this category, because there are victims of its production. Did I mention it was highly illegal to create? Part of the idea of the new .XXX TLD is that all webmasters would be forced to abide by a “code of ethics – which if not followed, could result in revocation of the domain.
This move would allow the US government, and ICANN, to crack down on Illegal porn, and to focus on keeping children safe.
Stupidity really irks me. It begs the question: Have you ever looked at porn?