Computer-Mediated Communication Magazine
ISSN 1076-027X / Volume 2, Number 8 / August 1, 1995 / Page 1
|SPECIAL FOCUS: THE CYBERPORN FALLOUT|
The controversy...the issues ...
Publishing on the Edge
looks at the subtle effect of
zealous censorship on the
publishers who provide materials that may
be considered offensive on the Net.
From the Senate floor: Senator Exon's Blue Book
Jessica Thaler introduces a reasoned voice to the raging debate
about pornography on the Internet and the government's attempt to regulate
the new medium. She asks good questions--"How can Congress even attempt
to regulate something that knows no country boundaries?" And points
to new solutions--filters and special codes--that call allay the
fears of concerned parents.
The Internet's Army Ants Attack Time
Chris Lapham attempts to get beyond the Marty Rimm research controversy
to look at the what's really behind the powerful response to
Time's Cyberporn story. Hint: if you think it's good now, it's only going
to get better!
Why the "Big Three" are Lying Low
While legislators take on the theoretical "what if" aspects of the
new medium, developers of the online porn magazines remain pragmatic
about the Internet as a business outlet and undecided about what legal
constraints can do, according to Amelia DeLoach.
From the Nets:
Journey to the Center of Cybersmut
As an informal experiment,
CMC Magazine Washington correspondent
Lisa Schmesier tries to find offensive material on the Net.
She does find some: everything from
the "Senator Jim Exon Memorial Webpage" to "the Spot."
The Last Link:
Next Wave of Censorship from the States?
Like the federal Communications Decency Act, state bills are raising
serious free speech and privacy concerns. The ACLU's Ann Beeson is concerned
that none of the bills indicate an understanding of the unique nature of the
Letters to the editor always welcome: