Environmental pollution causes harm for animals and people (especially for those living in poor countries or poor neighborhoods). Once you start looking at the problem, you can easily find some rather disturbing images and videos.
I follow Last Week Tonight YouTube channel, hence I noticed that their latest video is about plastic pollution.
Unfortunately, YouTube didn’t want to allow me to watch said video. I could either use a credit card to verify that I am at least 18 years old or submit an image of my passport to Google.
Of course, I am not going to give Google access to my personal information. There are much more convenient ways how to watch age-restricted videos. I just typed “download youtube video” in a search engine, clicked on the first result (https://en.savefrom.net/19/) and put the video ULR (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fiu9GSOmt8E) in their download box. It took me less than a minute to circumvent YouTube’s careful attempt to protect my eyes from seeing some blood and gore.
Since I was watching an age-restricted video, I was looking forward to seeing some disturbing and nasty images depicting human and animal suffering. Only to get disappointed… John Oliver toned down the nasty bits and didn’t even show any disturbing footage or photos. Why the hell was this video even flagged as suitable only for people above eighteen!?
Sine we all missed the gory bits, I will gladly do some public service and offer you appropriately disturbing images. No need to thank me. I am more than happy to be the bringer of doom and gloom in our daily lives.
According to some people, children ought to be protected from finding online disturbing images or videos. To some extent I can agree. Showing images of dead and maimed animals to a four years old kid might cause said child some emotional harm.
But there are limits to how much censorship I can accept as reasonable. If a child is old enough to independently go to a grocery store and buy snacks with their pocket money, they should also be old enough to learn what is going to happen with the plastic packaging from said snacks. And, as I mentioned, John Oliver’s age-restricted video on YouTube was sanitized and didn’t even contain the truly disturbing footage and photos.
Online censorship aimed at protecting children is rather funny. When I was 17 years old, I submitted some nude pencil drawings to an online art website. I was forced to flag said artworks as “mature content,” because in said website they had a rule that anything with female breasts is “mature content” that only people above 18 should be allowed to see.
The result was that I could not see my own submissions in said website. Site rules allowed me to submit nude art but I was forbidden from viewing my own nude art. As if I could have drawn artworks while being blindfolded!
Incidentally, I live in a city where even building facades feature plenty of naked boobs.
Never mind all that nudity seen in pretty much every public park.
As if I didn’t know how female breasts look like long before I was eighteen years old. But no, I couldn’t be allowed to see some boobs online. Speaking of which, what exactly is supposed to be so naughty about female chests? The average male sumo wrestler had larger boobs than many women. Nonetheless, overweight men are allowed to publicly display their boobs while even flat-chested women are expected to cover up their chests. Just how did humanity get there!
Ultimately, online censorship is somewhat pointless. I watched online porn videos already by the time I was 15, and today (at the age of 28) I circumvented age verification process just because I didn’t feel like giving my credit card information to a website for no good reason.