Oh my God, there’s porn on the internet!

Video sites grapple with specter of smut:

Online video-sharing sites such as YouTube, Yahoo Video and Google Video are competing in one of the fastest-growing entertainment segments on the Web. They may also be victims of their own popularity. The vast majority of videos available on these sites depicts budding musicians, comedians, filmmakers or just people vying for attention in innocuous–if sometimes oddball–ways.

But industry insiders say that as the sites collect greater amounts of video, tracking and purging sexually explicit and graphically violent content will become increasingly difficult. Industry insiders say that while prescreening millions of homemade videos is likely to be costly and problematic, failing to police the sites could scare off advertisers and lead to clashes with family advocates and lawmakers.

Materials inappropriate for children are too easy for kids to get their hands on at Google Video, according to the New York State Consumer Protection Board, which issued a warning to parents on June 12. The board has a broad mandate to inform and educate consumers but has no regulatory powers. Nontheless, it will continue to publicize the issue in an effort to force Google Video and other video-sharing sites to do more to protect children, said Jon Sorensen, the board’s spokesman.

I can’t stand that “protect children” bullshit language. It just grates me.

Seriously – I’d like to offer a radical solution here. Let there be porn. It’s easy enough to find on the internet as is. It’s not hurting anyone by being there, and obviously it’s what people want.

“Self-policing flat out doesn’t work,” said Peter Pham, director of business development at Photobucket, a fast-growing photo-sharing site that has recently jumped into video. “The problem is that most of the people finding this material are the people who are looking for this material. And they aren’t going to complain.”

So the people who are looking for it are the ones who are finding it. And they shouldn’t because ______?

Well, because fucking religious nutjobs and social conservatives don’t want you to, and raise the “for the children” nonsense as a way of achieving that. If they don’t want their kids to see it, then don’t let them. Raise your own damn kids instead of putting the onus on me.

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