Should Porn Be Opted Into? Discuss...

The UK Prime Minister has declared war on internet pornography via a recommendation that ISP customers be required to tick a box if they want to access adult content. It is thought the proposed policy will help to improve moral decay and protect children from accidentally stumbling on obscene images. But where does this leave the casual porn fan (i.e. — nearly all of you)?

The internet is constantly coming up with new and interesting ways to look at whatever body parts happen to float your boat. However, if David Cameron has his way, these wonders of modern technology will soon be hidden behind an iron curtain of purity which customers will need to opt into if they want to sneak a peek beneath.

“Online pornography is corroding childhood,” Cameron warned his subjects in a statement. “...I feel profoundly as a politician, and as a father, that the time for action has come."

Under the proposed changes, every household in Britain connected to the internet would need to declare whether they wish to maintain access to online pornography.

While there's nothing wrong with this per se, it does throw up a few potential concerns for porn-loving poms who don't want to give up their voyeuristic ways. For starters, there's the paranoid-inducing possibility that your 'ticked box' could see you placed on sort of deviants database, possibly for the rest of time. Generations into the future, your progeny might still be blacklisted from Church committees and country clubs — all because you signed up for some digital nooky.

On top of this, it's also unfair to 'fair-weather' porn watchers. Just because I occasionally view a bit of porn doesn't mean I want to actively sign up for the privilege. (Er, figuratively speaking.) It's forcing us all to draw a line in the sand — you're either flat-out against porn or you embrace it as a hardcore hobby with nowhere to hide in-between.

Here's hoping that the Prime Minister's crusade doesn't galvanize Aussie politicians into resurrecting the porn filter. Wont somebody please think of the perverts?

Do you think an opt-in service for internet pornography is a good idea? Let us know in the comments section below.

[Via The UK Telegraph]

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