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As the end of the twentieth century nears a new tool has emerged as the future of communications business news education and entertainment This tool is the Internet a worldwide network of computers currently connected by phone lines While it is still in its early stages it is already being recognized as the best form of reference and advertisement for businesses and personal needs However it is also abundant with material considered inappropriate adult and vulgar by many people Many social groups and politicians are alarmed at how children and teenagers can readily access this material Around the world the call has gone out for restriction and censorship of the Internet However this rally has been met with mixed results People who support freedom of speech on the Internet quote from the first amendment of the Constitution In addition many groups are in favor of restricting the Internet similarly to how television is regulated in the United States Government for example does not want the citizens being introduced to new ideas which may cause discontent and unrest in some cases Whether the Internet should and can be censored is one debate which affects much of the modern world Though their are strong arguments on both sides by examining evidence it can be decided that there is no feasible way to regulate the Internet at the present time in the United States Before any censorship can even be attempted some serious questions must be answered The most important of these is What is the Internets identity The type of media the Internet represents has not yet been determined It must be decided whether the Net is considered a broadcast system which could be subject to regulation or a communications system like phone and mail systems which could not be legally regulated Jones 18 Additionally values and morals must be questioned Many people believe that responsibility should be handled between parents and children not
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