A Thorny, Porn-y Issue for N.Y. Public Library – Jonah Goldberg – Townhall Conservative

But the Internet changed all that. The marginal cost of obtaining pornographic materials in libraries, once prohibitively high, is now nearly nonexistent. In fact, it’s actually cheaper just to let it all flood in. Who wants to deal with the filters, blockers and monitors? Just proclaim that the First Amendment requires unfettered access to porn.

But, again, just imagine there was no Internet, and all two-dimensional smut was still on paper, celluloid or magnetic tape. Now imagine trying to argue before a cash-strapped city council that the local public library must not only provide some porn — free of charge! — to the public, but that it must provide mountains of it free of charge to the public, all because the First Amendment says so.

You’d be laughed out of the room.

via A Thorny, Porn-y Issue for N.Y. Public Library – Jonah Goldberg – Townhall Conservative.

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