Saturday, January 26, 2013

The day the porn died

Today was Australia Day. Traditionally it is a day of celebrations... ones that were somewhat washed out due to some very welcome rain. It was also the day Google Australia joined the growing ranks of those who censor the net. No longer does an image search bring you a vast array of pics on a topic. Now it brings you the clean, sanitised version of life... the one with no sexual content 'cos that stuff is just nasty and needs to be swept under some little rug.

Of course their argument is that it protects those who were not searching for explicit content. They argue that rather than finding it by accident now all the seeker has to do is be very specific in their searches...
And they aren't kidding... you need to be very specific... vague terms like naked are not enough in most cases
The thing is that while they argue that this is not censorship, the fact remains that they have made life harder not easier... a strange choice for a company that has always prided itself on offering the least amount of effort and somewhat counterintuitive in a search engine one would have thought L

1 comment:

ancilla_ksst said...

Good thing we have all those sites bookmarked, huh?