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Should media be rated

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Started: 5/25/2013 Category: Technology
Updated: 4 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Adrian199004

Pro

I believe media should be rated. Sometimes children go on websites that are not for their age.
Emmo

Con

Media in general does not need to be rated. The mere fact that children go on websites which are not "for their age, does not give all media outlets a moral, ethical, legal or social duty to rate all their content as this would add to their expenses and generally be a process that takes a lot of unnecessary. They would have to hire someone to evaluate all their content and then decide whether or not an age limit is applicable. Also take into consideration that sites such as cnn, bbc or cnbc are updated on a daily basis.

It is important to note that Pro's assertion is so general that following his assertion it would mean Google also should be rated, i'm not sure what Pro's argument is exactly but that to me doesn't seem to make sense. Furthermore since newspapers also fall under media that means they should be rated too. Why should we rate informative media outlets which actually empower children by giving them more knowledge about the world around them? Should we according to Pro rate and censor newspapers and deny future generations knowledge of their surroundings to the point that they barely know anything that happens outside of their homes.

Lastly rating media outlets would only serve to stifle creativity by limiting the amount of information available to children. It would also essentially limit the right of freedom of expression,by rating certain sites, which if adopted universally across the board as Pro suggests could be done arbitrarily. For example Governments could take a decision to "rate" and censor a site that criticizes their authority under the guise of "rating" it as unsafe . We might end up with a situation similar to that of China were a lot of informative sites and media outlets are banned.
Debate Round No. 1
Adrian199004

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Emmo

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Pro has failed to substantiate on his claims
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