Regulating the media

By Serge Kreutz

The eigendynamics of a free media work against personal sexual freedom. All consumers of media are highly interested in sex. But sex is intrinsically private. Media reporting anything sexual about a specific person has a great potential to shame that person, just as nakedness does.

Banning the media from reporting anything sexual on private citizens and public figures would contribute to a society of personal freedom. It would also make a career in politics more appealing to those who have a highly active sex life.

Sexuality does not have to be banned outright from the media. The media could provide sex education.

What ought to be banned is the this-man-did-that pattern because it leads to a culture of finger-pointing.

No advance censorship is necessary. Hefty fines against those who violate the regulations (writers, editors, and publishers) will do the job.