Saturday, March 03, 2007

Can Bloggers make a difference?

Jon Harmon and Mihaela Lica, who created the ‘Blogger Power: Safeguard the Web for Children’ project, believe in the power of the blogosphere. They have a important message that they want to get out - that children should be protected from easy access to online pornography. And they believe that one way this could be done is by having all ‘adult site’ webmasters create passport-protected login for these sites. In other words, no one could access ‘free pics’, ‘free tours’, or ‘free clips’ without first registering.

So they are inviting all bloggers to help spread the message by posting the following meme:

Please require a password-protected login before allowing even free access to explicit adult content. We understand that selling porn is your business and we respect your right to make a legal living. But understand our legitimate concerns and work with us. You already have the “warning adult content” on your websites. Yet kids, who are not legal customers of your product, ignore the warning. So to prevent them from having direct access to explicit images, texts and sounds, the simplest way is to have a password-protected login. No more “free tours” before a visitor supplies basic information.

It’s a message that needs to get out. A message that hopefully will have an effect. A message that reminds us that not everything in cyberspace is good.

But are they just preaching to the converted.? Most people who will post this message already believe that children should be protected from pornography.

Will the ones that need to hear the message hear it? Or will they just keep on as they have before?

Carson at Content Done Better asks these questions and more in a powerful post entitled ‘Plain Brown Paper Wrappers Online’. Read it and then make your own decision as to whether or not to post the meme.

I’m not going to tag anyone in particular. Instead, I invite all readers to ‘self-tag’ and post the meme if they wish…

Shannon, thanks for the tag and bringing this to my attention. It’s a topic worth discussing.

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