I walked out into the living room before, where my ever-industrious flatmate was working and watching The Simpsons on my Very Large Television.  I sat for a moment, and laughed as Homer’s innie became an outie, from too much food.  Then I started to think about the fact I can still laugh at the Simpsons, that there are so many episodes I have’t seen.

And why is that?  It’s because I didn’t see a single episode of The Simpsons until I was- wait for it- 19 and had moved out of home.

You see, my parents were quite strict about some things, and my mum hated the way the children in the Simpsons spoke to their parents.  Thus, the show was strictly forbidden in our household.

That, naturally, got me thinking about the Internet Censorship rules.  If my parents managed to keep The Simpsons out of our house until I left home- a genuinely impressive achievement- perhaps parents can, after all, monitor and censor what their children do.  Is that not their duty, at least to some extent?

Digital filters are NOT the way to do it.  It needs to happen inside individual homes, autonomously, through the voluntary actions of individuals.  This is one area in which I CANNOT be a traditional liberal, and I much prefer individual discretion to political intervention.

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  1. I think the best point that can be made from the tale of our childhood censorship is that several shows were kept from us on the “not allowed” premise, when the real reason was “mum didn’t enjoy it”, eg Seinfeld!

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