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02:03 am - 1KWFFH: on the prosecution of victimless sex crimes by underaged self-offenders

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[User Picture]From: bogosort Date: March 31st, 2004 - 06:58 am (Link)
I guess we'll just have to disagree about the ability to force speech onto others. Protests and demonstrations and other such mass gatherings ideally are a means to show the power of ideas rather than an excuse for mob rule(which many of them devolve into). These sorts of assemblies should show those with power the strength of their ideas not coerce others into agreeing with them.

Watching on screens visible to the outside of your car is a public exhibition. The reason why car windows aren't allowed to be tinted to be a specific level is because certain parts of the interior of the car are supposed to be viewed by the public. Now if the laws were setup such that the interior of cars weren't supposedly a publicly visible space, then I'd buy the invasion of privacy argument. Back in the days of huge vans and floor mounted TVs where only the passengers can see it this never was an issue. With laptops, I know there exist a wide array of privacy filters that essientially limit the viewing angle so that not everyone can see what's going on.

What would you think about someone sitting on one of those sidewalk tables outside a coffee shop watching such materials on their laptop? On one hand they could be doing a public showing, on the other hand, they could be trying to form a bubble of privacy. What if instead of watching a such materials, they were handling private data? I'd argue that the burden of keeping the private things private lies on the exhibitor.

With all of this said, I do believe that decency standards are stupid, and when I raise kids, they will learn how to deal with being exposed. However if society seems to think that certain things aren't ok in public, then society has every right to enforce those things in public areas.

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