An op-ed in The Register poses an interesting and contentious question: is American moral conservatism ruining the internet? Is the American prudish aversion to nudity, explicit language, sexual deviance, drugs—at least in public—stifling the rest of the world?
Jane Fae Ozimek wants us to consider whether the internet is too prudish because of the moral handwringing of the American corporations that dominate it. And I do mean dominate. As TechCrunch's Paul Carr points out, "America is home to the vast majority of the largest sites in the western world." And it's true—Facebook, Google, MySpace, AIM—these are all apple pie-munching sons of liberty. As well, the US, as a point of occasional controversy, owns the internet in some sense, via control of ICANN. (Though let's not allow anyone to get too prideful—the Swiss created the Web as we know it, of course).