SMH gives choice: pro-filter or pro-rape
April 1, 2010
Sydney Morning Herald appears to of only just gotten its head out of the sand, with a story released yesterday using the Japanese game, RapeLay, as a catalyst for more pro-Internet Filter propaganda. The article drips with unsubstantiated claims that the game has gone viral across the internet and puts forward that the proposed internet censorship would put prevent Australians from getting their hands on it. With countless quotes from Women’s rights groups etc, stating that the internet filter is necessary, it seems like a compelling argument. Fortunately the wool isn’t held over our eyes for too long though, as spokespeople with “Communications” or “Online” actually in their title, stated that the filter would be futile, if you blocked one url then 3 more could easily of appear in its place. And with most game piracy occurring through p2p the proposed filter wouldn’t even block the reasons put forward for its instigation.
It ends with a poll,
Do you support mandatory internet filters to block material such as sites offering downloads of the game RapeLay?
and with that it does feel like another attempt to increase Pro-Filter support. Especially with the fact that only a day before, a poll ran on the same SMH site asking,
Do you support the government’s internet filtering policy?
With the results showed a not-so-surprising 96% of the 45154 voters stating a resounding NO, its understandable that pro-filter correspondents may twist the question again in an attempt to provoke a more pleasing result; again to no avail.
The pole that was so worded as to guilt trip voters into being Pro-Filter still resulted in 78% of the 32600 voters being against the filter. When will people wake up to the fact that we’re the people, we have minds, we’re smart, and we’re not falling for it. When you bring us old news we already know the facts about and try to manipulate it to suit your agenda, we’re not impressed and you yet again will be caught out.