A Republican congressman from Illinois wants to ban Second Life from libraries, schools, any ‘ole public arena one must assume. From CNET News today:
Rep. Mark Kirk, who is seeking reelection this year, staged a press conference at a library in his suburban Chicago district on Tuesday to highlight what he called the “dangers” of the virtual world to children. Flanked by local officials, he also released a letter asking Federal Trade Commission Chairman William E. Kovacic to “to take action to warn parents of the similar dangers and sexually explicit content found on Second Life.” “Sites like Second Life offer no protections to keep kids from virtual “rape rooms,” brothels and drug stores,” Kirk said, according to a press release. “If sites like Second Life won’t protect kids from obviously inappropriate content, the Congress will.”
Nevermind that real sexual predators can be found in real life in most real neighborhoods. For instance, on the official, free GBI sexual predator registration site I found four registered sex offenders in my zip code… that’s four with the last name of “Smith.”
According to some other site (one that mocks the official, GBI Georgia Sex Offender Registry in order to extract a fee from the consumer/web surfer for information that is free by law here), my ‘hood is totally crawling with pervs!
There are actually 166 registered sex offenders in my one Georgia zip code alone. But what the hay. Who needs to worry about policing real sex offenders in our midst when there are cartoon characters out there committing all those virtual crimes… right under our (children’s) noses.