One very important role of the government is to protect the country and make its citizens feel safe through different policies and regulations. The Constitution provides the rules for liberty and justice. There have been many attempts to shorten certain freedoms of the internet for the American public. The Internet, a technological masterpiece, has been the subject of great controversy according to a professional by the name of Brian Leatherman. Since technological increases have given rise to the Internet, a new situation has evolved. Should the federal government be allowed to regulated and restricted information on the Internet?
Certain people feel as though the Internet should be governmentally regulated and censored in order to protect the youth of America. Censorship is a possible way for the powerful or those who sit in chair of position to destroy individualism, wisdom, and the marketplace of ideas. It means less freedom. If individual are prevented from exploring other thoughts and ideas then they are prevented from knowledge and power. “Wikinomics” states that a survey published by the Rasmussen Reports, found that 49% of Americans believe that the federal government should regulate the Internet the same way as radio and television.
Forms of information communication such as television and radio have battled with the Supreme Court over what freedom of speech in the First Amendment really implies. The regulation of material on the Internet would, in fact, violate the First Amendment right to free speech and expression. Thomas Emerson once stated “Those who seek to impose limitation on expression do so ordinarily in order to forestall some anticipated effect of expression in causing or influencing other conduct” (20). Freedom of speech is a right of the citizens of the United States. As citizens of the United States, individuals have the right to be free.
Free of governmental control that hinders thoughts, ideas, and free expression. It is guaranteed by the Bill of Rights. The Bill of Rights states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. ” The American Civil Liberties Union or ACLU states that the Supreme Court has written that this freedom is “the matrix, the indispensable condition of nearly every other form of freedom. Without it, other fundamental rights like the right to vote, would wither and die. Every individual in America has the right to read or view whatever book or magazine they choose to read. Viewing information on the internet should not be different. According to Brian Leatherman, when controlling what people read or view, whether in a book or on a computer monitor, the government limits people’s ideas and their thought capacities. Most people in the United States use the internet nowadays. It has almost become a way of life for some people.
The internet is a very useful source for many things. In some countries such as France, the government controls what is seen by their people. It isn’t a good idea because in the countries that the government has control over the internet, the internet is not developed and the countries are poorer. According to all the information online about whether the federal government should or should not be allowed to regulate and restrict information online, the biggest issue is with children being able to view pornography and the fact children are taking advantage of the fact that no one can see them.
No one can ID them so there is nothing that a teenager cannot do on the internet. Since this is the case, parents should then step in and there should be self- regulation in their household. Parents should put a parental block on each and every computer that is owned by them. If teenagers are given the title as responsible, then they should be responsible. If not then the parent should take the computer away or block websites that is forbidden on the computer.