MySpace, Friendster, Facebook, Bebo and other social networking sites would be banned from schools and libraries in the U.S., if a bill approved by the U.S. House of Representatives becomes law. Called the Deleting Online Predators Act or DOPA, the bill passed the House last week in a overwhelming vote of 416-15. Rep. Michael Fitzpatrick (R-PA), who introduced the legislation, has said that many social networking sites are “hunting grounds” for child predators. The bill now goes to the Senate within the next month, where it is expected to pass, and then to President Bush for his expected signature.
Ok, let me start off with the key point that I will be stressing with this posting: Are you F-ing kidding me?
According to this bill, that frighteningly enough may be approved in the very near future, social networking sites would be banned from public computers and other federally funded computer centers. Why you might ask? They would be banned because they may be used as a “hunting grounds for child predators”. Since when has the solution to a problem (child predators) been to close up shop and run away? This is not a solution to the problem, this is running away like a coward and letting these demented child predators win. This bill will not help to stop the problem of people preying on children, this will simply shift where it occurs.
What will happen if this bill passes and library computers and colleges block these social networking sites? The community will then be filled with the only people left who can access these sites: even younger children. These social networking sites will then be primarily used by kids ranging from elementary school to high school accessing these sites from home where they would not be blocked. How is that a way of solving the problem? If we used this pattern of problem solving to combat the “War on Terror” we would just stop using air planes because they might be used again for harm. What an absolute joke of a bill. Nothing like a bunch of crusty old white men with no idea about technology ignoring the real problems they should be dealing with (stem cell, abortion, gay marriage, etc). I am sorry, but if this passes it will mark the continual downfall of American culture (or lack there of).