What if I had been a child?
I maintain a Jane Austen blog, one that is popular with young women who have just discovered the author. One pornography site managed to get listed on my technorati blog reaction list. How they accomplished this, I don't know. They probably created a pingback on an old post of mine. Be that as it may, they sat prominently on this list for anyone to find and see. I had to ask Technorati to remove them, and this process took a week or so.
There are other instances. When I google information about Jane Austen, I will often find a porno site displayed prominently and high up on Google's search pages. I believe in a free and open Internet. I believe in freedom of expression. BUT HOW DARE THESE SMUT PEDDLERS insinuate themselves into the lives of people who are clearly seeking something that is wholesome and good?
Creating laws to stop these sickos opens up another can of worms. And how can one regulate an entity that sits in a foreign country? It should be Google's and Technorati's and Dogpile's and Yahoo's responsibilities to police their search engines and protect us from this smut. How this is accomplished is beyond me, and I am sure the task is daunting, if not nearly impossible.
All I know is that too often I am forced to see and read about stuff that makes the hair on my neck stand on its ends.