Wonderful thing the internet. The KhanÂ Academy anyone? As promoted byÂ BillÂ Gates.Â A clever New York financier had an epiphany and hasÂ established a series of free on-line educational seminars in subjects across the spectrum. It is brilliant. A website for the worldÂ with the important and nobleÂ goal ofÂ spreading educationÂ and a must forÂ any parent dubious of theÂ sausage factory education we now have – where too easily exam passes are handed out byÂ self-congratulating professionals.
These days – exam passes do not pass for an education – how about that for an irony?
And the internet is so liberating, of course.
Instant access to news and practically everything else. Whoever phones directory enquiries these days?
But thenÂ on my radioÂ thisÂ morning – the story of a child sex ring in the Philippines -Â where men from the UK have been online to view and direct whatever acts take their fancy – and acts very often perpetrated by the child’s own family.
Ruined my Weetabix and made for a quiet breakfast getting my kids off to various schools – and makes me want to tear down the apparatus of the technology that can make such a thingÂ possible.
That aÂ man in say Luton – directing a child rape thousands of miles away…
A visceral and knee jerk responseÂ -Â but if we have this awesome technology then the boffinsÂ much cleverer than you andÂ IÂ – should be able to make the participation in such sites completely transparent and the users should be brought to account immediately and comprehensively.
The economics of the world and implications globalisation are oftenÂ unpalatable -Â withÂ peopleÂ dying of over-eating and people dying from starvation…
But the best demonstration ofÂ what is wrong with the world and disease that has infected our species – is the literal rape of childrenÂ – to order and across continents – it is aÂ blight on us all. Our ‘leaders’ should want it erased and decent people the world overÂ should demand nothing less.