The .xxx-domain: an idea doomed for failure

In recent news, the ICANN Board has authorized a new top level domain for porn only: .xxx. This is what they say about the decision:

The decision should soon bring to fruition our six-year effort to create a specific Web address for online adult entertainment, and comes on the heels of an independent review that declared that ICANN’s previous decision to deny dot-xxx was wrong

I see this as a bad and a futile move for many reasons. The first being that the classification of internet sites using domains is an idea that has never really worked. For example: the .net -domain was first designed to be used by companies involved in networking business, such as internet service providers. .Org was originally meant to be used by non-commercial entities. Both of these, together with .com (which was meant for commercial entities) have become general purpose TLDs. There simply is no efficient means of monitoring who registers a domain and whether the registrants meet the requirements of the said domain.

More importantly: there is no reason why any sane businessman operating a porn site would ever want to register an .xxx -domain. It’s a well known fact that even the most incompetent users know how to operate a search engine and that people will look for their porn by searching with keywords. Thus, the .xxx -domain does not make porn “easier” to find or to access, on the contrary: when the inevitable happens and major search engines decide to bend under the pressure of worried moms, dads and conservative christian dicks and decide to remove .xxx -sites from the list so that they aren’t shown in the search results the result will be decreased visibility and ad revenue for anyone operating such a site.

This is nothing but the infamous “think of the children” -logic at its worst. And don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying it’s wrong to try and prevent kids too young from seeing porn (chances are they will anyways – if trying makes you feel better you’re free to do so) but this is not the right way to do it, especially since kids will quickly learn to circumvent any ban and material from blocked sites will be posted to other domains. So if there are people – in ICANN or anywhere else – who really think it’s possible to force all adult content under one TLD, then they have clearly been living in a cave for the past years and have not seen this video:

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: