No matter what new technology is developed, there will always be some paranoid group of people (often religious) who will find a reason to go overboard in restricting it.
Today’s example number one:
A leading Catholic cardinal is warning Catholic parents to be careful when buying iPods and other wireless devices as Christmas gifts because they could be used by minors to access pornography.
You could make the same case for practically any other video, audio, or image display product going back to cave drawings.
And then there is this week’s reason to shut down the Internet:
Religious leaders in a tightknit Orthodox Jewish community in New Jersey have instructed parents who have Internet access in their homes to unplug from the Web, else their children will face expulsion from the area’s 43 yeshivas, or Jewish private schools.
"We really . . . don’t want children to see ladies who are dressed inappropriately. . . . If that one image goes into a child’s head, it can wreak havoc with all the religious instruction," said Rabbi Netanya Gottlieb, one of the yeshiva principals, according to the Newark Star-Ledger.
Maybe the Rabbi should talk to the Cardinal. He needs to be banning those nasty iPods as well.
Seriously, though, I wonder why rabbis and cardinals – and parents and teachers – think that isolating kids from the world will protect them for the rest of their lives. It makes more sense to teach children how to effectively filter through and deal with with the trash life tosses at them.