Cover

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Title Page

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p. iii

Copyright

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p. iv

CONTENTS

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pp. v-vi

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

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p. vii

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NOTE ON USAGE

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p. ix

Throughout the book, I quote extensively from Internet newsgroups and bulletin boards, where the level of writing, grammar, and spelling is often abysmal. To reflect the tone of these groups accurately, I have left...

GLOSSARY

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pp. xi-xii

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ONE Out of Control?

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pp. 1-24

Over the last decade, politicians have often been agitated by the issue of Internet regulation, and they have usually couched their concerns in terms of protecting children. How can the young be kept clear of the...

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TWO Child Pornography

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pp. 25-51

For most observers, child pornography is not only repulsive but genuinely baffling, which may explain the reluctance to believe it is so widespread on the Internet, except as a kind of sick joke. Surely so...

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THREE Into the Net

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pp. 52-87

So how does child pornography work on the Internet? While a distinguished literature describes the organizational patterns found among various kinds of deviants, social, political, and sexual, perhaps no structure thus...

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FOUR A Society of Deviants

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pp. 88-114

Over the last half century, sociologists and criminologists have devoted much attention to studying forms of organized deviance, subcultures or gangs, in order to understand their values, ethics, and structures; but few...

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FIVE Moralities

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pp. 115-141

Subcultures are often characterized by distinctive systems of values that, to a greater or lesser extent, set them apart from mainstream society. Deviant groups like criminal gangs and sexual subcultures appear to operate on value systems...

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SIX Policing the Net

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pp. 142-164

The extent of the pedophile presence on the Web may seem startling to those who regard computer networks as an ultimate Orwellian nightmare. Over the last decade, the privacy issue has attracted ever more concern and increasingly...

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SEVEN Vigilantes and Militias

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pp. 165-183

Though trap sites as such might be mythical, some Web sites have acquired the reputation of being dangerous for porn enthusiasts, for reasons that might be instructive for future prevention efforts. Significantly, the most feared...

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EIGHT A Global Community

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pp. 184-203

New communication technologies have often been extolled for promoting the unification of humanity and the reduction of international tensions; when radio first developed in the 1920s, the BBC adopted the idealistic motto...

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NINE Where Next?

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pp. 204-224

Child pornography is a substantial presence on the Internet, and its potential audience is likely to grow rapidly as Internet usage expands. Given this fact, what, if anything, can be done? Is it possible to suggest solutions or responses...

ABBREVIATIONS

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p. 225

NOTES

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pp. 227-253

INDEX

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pp. 255-259

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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p. 260

Philip Jenkins is Distinguished Professor of History and Religious Studies at Pennsylvania State University. He is the author of numerous books, including...