The media have painted the Web with just about every screaming, Day-Glo harlot color we might imagine. Coney Island comes off innocent and perfectly safe in comparison - though it, too, has suffered from press attacks and exaggeration.
Once the media paint the Web with extremes, one can hardly blame our families for asking, "How are you going to protect my children?"
In come the clever software companies with the answer for school administrators. "We will filter away all of the bad (SEX) sites so Johnny and Mary and Yolanda can explore the Internet without risk! Leave it to us."
An attractive (and some would say "seductive") offer!
"We can hardly spend our time watching over their shoulders," complains one earnest soul. "This is just what we need."
"Yes, let us worry about tracking down the pornographers and the smut," the cybersnoopers croon.
And so a whole new business is born . . . (or is it so new?)
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