UK Attempts to Filter ‘Esoteric Content’ From The Internet

aemethdWell this is pretty scary… especially since “esoteric” is so ambiguous that it could include virtually anything (besides of course those incredibly enlightening mainstream websites! )

Can you imagine a world where access to spiritual information was blocked by the government? What if you stopped by an internet cafe, only to find your favorite website was banned by a public web filter, or your friend’s natural health website was blocked because it mentioned ‘spiritual healing’ techniques? A disturbing movement to censor perfectly legal spiritual information is growing (right now in the UK, but other countries are poised to jump on the bandwagon), and will continue unchecked unless people become aware of the problem and protest it. Find out more about the UK filter, and how it will affect you, below.

http://www.reachinglight.com/infographic-uk-filter-block-esoteric-content-worldwide-implications/

PLEASE: sign this petition and spread it around. Whether or not you live in the UK is irrelevant. This is an international issue that would have huge implications.

 

 

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  • Douglas Fahrman

    I would be crushed if I couldn’t watch http://youtu.be/8j0t-4dtdQk

  • Hocketeer

    Since the advent of the internet lambskin apron sales have plummeted, the sheep have started initiating themselves!

  • Reasor

    The proposed “filter” is a parental content control that can be switched off at the user level.

    (Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/29/uk-internet-filter-block-more-than-porn_n_3670771.html, the very first article listed as a source in the Reaching Light infographic from which Yugen copied and pasted the article above.)

    That’s right, it puts more control over the web browser in the hands of the adult user, which here is being misrepresented as an attempt to take control away.

    This is a good example of why any serious curriculum for the exploration of the occult should include the development of critical reading skills.

    Edited to add: Count on people to research how to take down an easily deactivated barrier between them and their porn. Come on, now.

    • Yarglad

      Most users always leave on default settings. This is well known around the IT security community. The idea is that most people will not bother removing the filter, thus they will become completely ignorant about stuff like porn, thus eradicating it.
      It seems ole Dave wants other things eradicated as well.

      • Yūgen

        What he said ^

        Countless people won’t stray from default settings, especially when doing so means it will allow porn to get through. I know my parents would have left the default on, thus blocking me from whatever they deemed “esoteric” content up until age 19 or 20…all unbeknownst to me.

        There is already parental controls to attempt and block porn. This blocks much more than porn, and is set to ON as a default.

        Its basically an attempt at censorship by relying on the ignorance of the typical user.

  • rhetorics_killer

    JUST a way to ease nsa’s monitoring, the idea being to get people abandon use of their own curiosity, and suggest them to restrain on mainstream facebook for everything related to culture. They prospect to have people less and less aware of uncensored material and have the next generation ready for self-censorship. But life is not fair to them, and so they will never get any control of the www, It is designed to be so.

    Anyway; it is for now an option filter it seems, that you are free to uncheck via preferences. My opinion is that the argument saying ‘damn, it will be implemented as default by many isps!’ does not stand. Being unaware is not an option, that’s all! This makes sense for esoteric people.

  • BuzzCoastin

    China does the same thing
    for the same stated reason
    nonetheless
    all suppression really does is create more interest

    wanna make that shit go away UK?
    make study of it mandatory in school

    • jasonpaulhayes

      Ignorant Bastards

  • Antediluviancurrent

    Only the elite get to charge their sigils.

  • feint_ruled

    The supposition here is that because some ISPs offer filtering of “esoteric” material now (alongside the more well known porn/alcohol/suicide filters), if they are forced to make porn filtering opt-out rather than opt-in, they will also make all the other categories opt-out as well.
    I don’t think this is likely (if only because it would remove half the internet). Something we need to be vigilant for, of course, but don’t panic just yet.

    • Yūgen

      Yes it may be a little alarmist, but when taken in the context of our overall situation that has been unfolding these past few years it is a slippery slope from here.

  • Gmork Gmork
  • http://pneumerology.com/ pneumerology

    interesting comments… everybody is right

  • JohnFrancisBittrich

    Here’s the thing, though: historically a lot of this type of info has always been REALLY difficult to get. That’s why phrases like “mystery schools” and “occult” (ie “hidden”) even exist! That’s why so much of it is written in metaphor. The general idea is that some information should be inaccessible to those who wouldn’t know what to do with it or wouldn’t appreciate or understand it. Whether there is any validity to that line of thinking is a topic worthy of debate, but it seems to me that this is actually in keeping with the nature of western esoteric thought to make these things hard to access.

    • Yūgen

      Interesting thought I guess, but keeping in line with the traditions of secrecy in the esoteric is not their intentions whatsoever….The task of secrecy is in the hands of the traditions/schools/cults/etc, not the government.

      There is validity to keeping a level of secrecy, but censoring “esoteric content” on the internet under the false pretense of porn censorship is not helping.

      • JohnFrancisBittrich

        You got me. I was very much playing devil’s advocate here. I just think it’s funny that the “bad guys” are (in one sense) sort of doing the work of the “good guys” in a weird way without really realizing/understanding that that’s what they’re doing.

  • Bruteloop

    Why are people worrying about the idea of a filter that might do something when ‘they’ already have access, and use it, to everything you do? Freedom can actually means stop being reliant on things. Stop accessing, start doing.