Thursday, July 28, 2005

An artist's right to sadomasochism on the internet?

The NY times reports....
"The case, filed in 2001 by Barbara Nitke, whose Web site includes pictures of sadomasochism and bondage, argues that the Communications Decency Act of 1996, which prohibits obscene material from being distributed on the Internet, is overly broad and violates the First Amendment. Ms. Nitke contends that the law has a chilling effect on artists, educators and alternative-sex advocates because the explicit material they present on the Web could be deemed obscene in parts of the country, even if it is acceptable under community standards in other parts." on.

Should the art be censored? I would take the stand..."of course not"! The internet opens up another can of worms because it is still a new form of displaying images and thoughts. People get easily offended and quickly try to stop any form of expression that they don't agree with before they try and understand it. Yes, there is a lot of stuff on the internet...let alone in your own neighborhood that you might not agree with but to take away our rights is another things. The beautiful thing about art is that there are no rules!


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