Wednesday, September 12, 2012

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Pornography 'setting moral standard' for young people

Young people are growing to expect sex on demand and without consequences, a Wheaton professor has warned

William Struthers, Associate Professor of Psychology at Wheaton College, believes that pornography is reinforcing unrealistic and unhealthy views of sex among young people.
“Pornography is a violation of the childhood mind, creating expectations that anybody and everybody is willing to engage in sex on demand and that consent will always be freely given,” he said.
“Pornography is setting a moral standard for young people. They watch other people doing things and put themselves in their place.
"Internet pornography demonstrates the act but never the consequences. There are a variety of potential consequences that are never explored such as sexually transmitted diseases, pregnancy, and the impact of sexual exploitation.
"Without the opportunity to have what they have seen processed and explained to them, their expectations about what is appropriate and what is not goes unchallenged. Without input from a mature adult, sex is understood as a recreational commodity.”
Professor Struthers has given his support to the Safetynet campaign in the UK to force internet service providers (ISPs) to block pornography as a default setting.
The campaign, spearheaded by Premier Christian Media and the Safermedia campaign group, is asking for opt-in filters that would allow households to have access to adult material only if they specifically demand it.
Peter Kerridge, Premier chief executive, said today that ISPs had a duty to recognise the danger to young minds posed by pornography.

“As Professor Struthers explains so clearly, internet pornography teaches that sex is always available on demand and that it is a performance without consequence,” Mr Kerridge said.


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Beck Takes His Conservative Internet Shows to the Dish Network

Glenn Beck is bringing his brand of conservative commentary back to the television set.

One year after embracing an Internet-only distribution model, Mr. Beck is repositioning his streaming network, TheBlaze TV, as an offering for cable and satellite operators — in other words, TV the old-fashioned way.
On Wednesday, he will announce an agreement with the Dish Network, the first of what his company hopes will be many such deals.
TheBlaze TV, an Internet television network, will remain available via the Web for its 300,000 paying subscribers, including those not subscribing to Dish. But the distribution deal with Dish gives Mr. Beck, formerly a host on Fox News, a new way to reach viewers that may be adopted by other Internet entrepreneurs seeking a way into traditional television.
“Our success over the past year has given us the ability to go on traditional television while maintaining complete creative control and freedom and remaining at the center of the Internet revolution,” Mr. Beck said.
Despite all the hoopla about online viewing and devices to connect the Internet to television sets — TheBlaze TV promised online subscribers it was easy to do — a lot of people still just want to see what is on TV the easy traditional way.
“We’d like to make that as simple for them as possible,” said Chris Balfe, the president of Mr. Beck’s media company, Mercury Radio Arts, in a blog post that will accompany the announcement on Wednesday. The channel will begin on Dish at 5 p.m. Wednesday. 

Japanese robot to take top-ranked university exam

Japanese researchers are working on a robot they hope will be smart enough to ace entrance exams at the nation's top university, which test everything from maths to foreign languages.
The robot's artificial brain would analyse a mash of words, numbers, and equations before spitting out the -- hopefully -- correct answer to questions on Tokyo University's notoriously tough exam.
"It has to analyse the exam questions and convert formulations and equations to a form that it can process before solving it through computer algebra," said Hidenao Iwane from Fujitsu Laboratories, the Japanese IT giant's research unit.
Fujitsu and Japan's National Institute of Informatics said the target is to have their robot score high marks on the exam for Tokyo University, one of the world's top-ranked schools, by 2021.