Back when ‘adult content’ began to be widespread in Hollywood movies, I used to muse about whether people who preferred their movies with extra ‘sex-and-violence’ would, if deprived of it, storm the movie box office and demand their money back?
Needless to say it hasn’t ever happened that I know of; apparently Hollywood never fails to provide the audiences their rightful quota of sex-and-violence, (and then some, at least these days).
Over at Tumblr, the owners (Verizon, to be specific) have announced a ban on adult content, whatever that includes. And the Tumblr bloggers, many of whom are teens, are up in arms. They are having a collective hissy fit at the mere thought of being deprived of their Constitutional right to a daily quota of ‘adult content.’ Some are saying that the aficionados of Art will be robbed of their beloved ‘artistic nudes’, (but who decides what is artistic?) while others say that obscene content involving children is the only kind of thing that should be banned.
However there are intermittent grumblings about how ‘far-right’ politics or images must be banned.
I think that some Tumblr users are glad to see the ‘adult’ content go, because many Tumblr bloggers are exasperated at being besieged by porn bloggers unscrupulously trying to lure more traffic. I suspect many under-aged children, including sub-teens, get lured into these blogs and become fascinated with, or addicted to, the lewd content. Tumblr has an age limit of 13 years and above. 13 is still childhood, no matter how knowing the 13 year old may seem.
There are ‘bot blogs’ on Tumblr which are apparently not run or moderated by real people; porn images are sown amongst other normal content, such as artwork, photos of a non-sexual nature, and other wholesome images.
Some commenters online say that Tumblr is mostly porn; I can’t speak to that; I began viewing Tumblr some years ago, for classic art works, nature scenery, old movies, and historic material. There is a lot of good content on Tumblr. Unfortunately the porn epidemic is spreading, it seems. Whenever salacious content is not restricted or banned, it seems it will proliferate, until it crowds out the worthwhile blogs and bloggers. The bad always crowds out the good wherever and whenever it is tolerated. We see that in our society at large.
However, if Tumblr were aimed at the actual adult crowd, that would be legal and approved in our increasingly libertine society. But the fact is, there are many young teens who view Tumblr or maintain their own blogs, and even the very young bloggers are rather jaded because they’ve been brought up in the corrupt atmosphere of a debauched 21st century West. Sadly even young adolescents are worldly beyond what we imagined in earlier times.
Adults are not, it seems, doing enough to keep their children away from the debased elements in our society. But in a society which is permeated with hypersexuality, it’s getting to be almost impossible to remain free of the corruption.
Social conservatism, so-called, is all but dead now, dead and unmourned, except for those few religious people who value separating from ‘the world’. Doing that is difficult because there is widespread ‘tolerance’, an anything-goes-between-consenting-adults’ attitude. We are seeing the results of the past few decades now in our wider society.
As for Tumblr and the brouhaha over the feared ‘loss’ of adult content, there’s certaintly no need to panic; pornography is in no danger of disappearing anytime soon. It’s been around since time immemorial. Now, if it crawled back under its plain brown wrapper, as in former, more enlightened times, it might be ‘tolerated’ to some extent. But those times are gone; there’s no putting it back.
The young, who’ve been brought up with this stuff as part of their lives, cannot see things as the older generations did, but does that mean we are condemned to live with the present situation? Are we doomed to see the world deteriorate as porn continues to become more and more extreme, more depraved, as down the slippery slope we continue to slide?
And does our First Amendment condemn us to pretend that porn is ‘free expression’?
Some “conservative” defenders of adult content on Tumblr liken this restriction to the political censorship on Twitter, Gab, Facebook et al, but it’s apples and oranges. Someone, I can’t recall who, wrote years ago that pornography was a sop thrown to a jaded population, in order to keep them content with their ”freedoms”, since obviously the presence of obscenity in media signified a ‘free society.’ There is probably a lot of truth in that theory; it’s all part of the bread and circuses, as it was in ancient Rome. Just a way to distract or lull the masses, that is, a means of control.