The iPad, Porn and Steve Jobs

Since Canada was a part of the international release for iPads (note to Americans, we’re your friendly, northern neighbors, not some ‘international’ country, c’mon…), our household didn’t get to enjoy this revolutionary piece of technology until last weekend.

What I didn’t realize is that Steve Jobs has refused to make applications for the iPad that would allow the downloading of porn. Wow!

Jobs says in an exchange about revolution, “…freedom from programs that steal your private data. Freedom from programs that trash your battery. Freedom from porn. Yep, freedom. The times they are a changin', and some traditional PC folks feel like their world is slipping away.”

Freedom of speech supporters claim that this infringes on their rights. Can I claim ‘freedom of having safe technology’ in my home as a right? Don’t we have the right to buy equipment, which the iPad is, and depend on it not to be able to have the capabilities to spew filth? Would you want a washing machine that had a ‘insert dirt and grime’ cycle? Maybe I’m in the minority, but I want a machine to work for me, I don’t want to be a slave to it.

Porn enslaves all people who indulge. Men, women, young adults, and all ethnicities are affected by this corrosive material. It is an addiction that is as powerful as crack cocaine and yet as readily available as turning on a light. Isn’t it about time someone took on the Goliath that is the porn industry? Isn’t it acceptable to say that the accessibility of porn is not okay with you?

If the times are a-changin’ for the betterment of healthy families and relationships, then don’t we have Steve Jobs to thank, not to criticize?

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