It is important to know that in the United States it is illegal for anyoneunder 18 to view pornographic material, on the Web or elsewhere. Thegovernment is trying desperately to find ways of patrolling the Internetto curb illegal activities; but many obstacles lie in their path, and asolution does not seem near. The Web can be a great informational andlearning tool, but it can also be a place for illegal activity
In many nations pornography is one of the most controversial forms of media. It is present in many aspects of media, from the internet tomovies and magazines. There is a new mode of pornography that isexpected to emerge from a surprising location—the Apple iPhone.According to Time Magazine, the new iPhone 2.0, which is expected tocome out in summer 2009, will bring about a new, mobile form of pornography. With better video and graphics, the updated cell phonewill allow for easy and convenient porn for those on-the-goes. Thereare even hundreds of websites that have been created especially forfuture iPhone users. Apple claims that there will be parental controlsfor the internet on the iPhone 2.0, but there are a number of criticswho are quite worried. Opponents of this new outlet for pornographyare concerned for the possibilities of exposure to young children. TheiPhone 2.0 is expected to be released in over 75 different countriesaround the world, making the issue a global one. It will be fascinatingto see how much of an impact the iPhone has among pornographyfans, and what new types of porn will emerge next!
In determining whether sexual pictures are appropriate in our society,the word “obscene” has become a favorite among legislators. Factualpictures are OK, but obscene images are not. The problem is, nobodyknows how define the word obscene, especially in relation topornographic material. “I know it when I see it” is Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart’s definition, but feminist activist Gloria Steinhamhas a completely different one. The fact is, something may seemobscene to one person that is aesthetically acceptable to another.So is there any objective way to determine if pornography is obsceneor not? The most modern view is based on sexual criteria. If the workcomes across as clearly offensive to the community as a whole, it maybe considered obscene. However, a work may not be consideredobscene if it has any artistic or literary value, maybe even political orscientific value. Finally, to be obscene the material as a whole must