August 10, 2008

Kids Are Welcome

Filed under: 100 Days of Summer,Teh Interwebs,Youth Rights — Katrina @ 5:56 pm

On the NYRA forums, some new person posted about a blog he saw some place that apparently lauded the idea of a “separate internet” just for kids. The idea being that the internet as we know it be kept an “adult only” territory while creating a super censored, “kid friendly” online zone just for those under 18.

Now, I was quick to tell this person that he needn’t worry since it was just a random blog entry some place, not even a high-profile blog or anything. If any random blog entry changed the world, goodness! Nonetheless, it got me thinking.

Plenty of webmasters don’t like the idea of youth reading their sites, even if there’s nothing inappropriate there. As I’ve many times pointed out, the presence of “children” offends a lot of people, whether or not they’re consciously aware of it. What scares them even more is with online anonymity, they really have no way of knowing if the person they are interacting with is a lowly 15-year-old or a respectable 35-year-old. No, no, they can’t take away from the experience that age doesn’t matter. They must cling to the artificial importance of years lived and decide the youth are wrong for not being labeled as such and having the audacity to even for a moment pass as adults.

Don’t worry about those insecure losers. If they want to judge someone by their birth year and hold onto that right so hard, they have bigger problems. Keep your dignity and move on, and you’ll find more allies than you imagined.

Like me! Of course I welcome all ages onto this site. You could be 3 or 93. True, for those who are younger, there are some wretched souls who don’t think you should read what I write. I use “foul” language. I speak truths contrary to what the adults in your life what you to know. I shed light on alternative viewpoints and lifestyles. I consider you a respectable human being, no less than your elders. That is perhaps the most dangerous message of all that I convey. That the adults in your life are not always right and, intentionally or not, will often deceive you. Not even I claim to have all the answers. You shouldn’t just obey everything an adult says, but rather give it some of your own thought. Take it with a grain of salt.

Take Wikipedia for example. It has many critics, that you can’t trust an encyclopedia that any loser can just come right in and edit, notwithstanding the obsession of the admins to correct it quickly if obviously ridiculous. There is also the viewpoint that because anyone can edit it, it’s the most truthful source out there. If there’s false information there, you can go in and correct it or at least discuss it with the other users. After all, the writers for Encarta or Britannica can just as easily be wrong about something or be biased, and often they are. Not to mention they don’t update immediately as new things happen, so you have to wait like a year or two for the next edition. But the reader won’t take this into account, believing these sources to be canon, to be completely accurate, and will thus accept every word of it. After all, it was infallible professionals writing this, correct? That there is dangerous thinking. Wikipedia has the rather important edge here in that you already know to take it with a grain of salt, while other sources don’t have such a warning, despite it still being an issue.

That is the issue here. Accept no one word as gospel. Hell, even the New Testament needed four gospels instead of just one! Trouble is, kids are taught the exact opposite. They should listen to just one viewpoint, or at least one set of virtually agreeable viewpoints, and ignore the rest as being wrong or even harmful. Why? Because adults generally see kids as helpless humanoid beings who exist for their own personal gain. They believe they can mold these unsuspecting young people into believing and perpetuating whatever they believe. They believe the kids’ hearts and minds are their own personal property. And we see private and public institutions always clamoring for who gets to have more control over these pristine hearts and minds for their own benefit.

So you believe a “separate internet” for kids somehow protects them? Hardly. It’s in fact an enormous form of exploitation. Which, contrary to what adults believe and what they want kids to believe, exploitation is not the reason kids exist. If you believe it does, go remove your balls and ovaries right now, please.

This has been Day 79 of the 100 Days of Summer, Round 8.

6 Comments

  1. The Gospels don’t complement each other. They contradict each other. :p

    Comment by Agnapostate — August 10, 2008 @ 6:10 pm

  2. Exactly. Haha.

    Comment by Katrina — August 10, 2008 @ 6:40 pm

  3. “go remove your balls and ovaries”

    Are you saying I have both‽

    Comment by Junulo — August 11, 2008 @ 1:31 pm

  4. Yes Juno, you have both.

    I was there after you were born, you dickgirl.

    Then again, I bullshite everyone.

    Lol, good article of opinioness there, Modicator.

    Comment by Robexib — August 11, 2008 @ 4:58 pm

  5. You? Yes.

    Comment by Katrina — August 11, 2008 @ 8:10 pm

  6. Somehow I knew the first comment would be about the bible, lol.

    Excellent post.

    Comment by Adamantaimai — August 13, 2008 @ 8:13 pm

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