When is enough too much? - Porn goes wireless: 360 Vision investigates the controversy, the corporate culture that makes it possible, and the pushback from Canadian faith groups



    To view 360 Vision clips, visit www.youtube.com/visiontvcanada

    TORONTO, April 10 /CNW/ - You can take photos with your cell phone. You
can watch videos, listen to music, play Tetris and track the news headlines.
But when Telus Corp., Canada's second largest phone company, decided to make
pornography available to customers, Canadians of many faiths said enough is
enough.
    As porn grows increasingly pervasive in our culture, where do we draw the
line? That's the question VisionTV's Gemini Award-nominated current affairs
series 360 Vision examines tomorrow night, Wednesday April 11, at 10 p.m. ET.
    The program repeats next Monday, April 16 at 8:30 p.m. ET.
    360 Vision's Karyn Pugliese investigates Telus's controversial foray into
the world of adult content, and raises questions about the corporate culture
that gave rise to this short-lived initiative. (The company canceled its plans
in February, after receiving hundreds of customer complaints.)
    In addition, Pugliese talks to faith leaders about the impact that porn's
widespread availability is having upon society as a whole.
    In January, Telus became the first Canadian telecommunications company to
allow subscribers to download pornographic photos and videos to their phones
for a fee. The decision prompted an outcry from many communities. Indeed, the
Roman Catholic Diocese of Vancouver instructed parishes and schools to cancel
their contracts with Telus.
    Telus has defended its decision to offer pornography, arguing that it did
so in a responsible way by requiring customers to provide age verification.
Says spokesperson Jim Johannsson: "There is a need for a safe, responsible
alternative to adult content on the open Internet. But because our customers
are saying they are not ready for it...we've made the decision to withdraw the
service."
    Gordon Keast, a public relations professional from Surrey B.C., tried to
cancel his contract and was told he could not do so without paying a
substantial penalty. He is now suing Telus in small claims court. He tells
Pugliese that telecom companies need to clamp down on the availability of
porn.
    "A cellular phone is totally portable and can be taken out into public.
So what's the difference between someone exposing themselves in public and a
cellular phone that is showing people in sex acts? We have laws against people
dropping their pants in public."
    For many faith groups, meanwhile, the controversy has renewed the debate
over porn's corrosive effect on the moral fabric of society. Says Toronto
Rabbi Aaron Flanzreich: "Are we as a society prepared to accept that there may
well be certain human behaviour that, even if it involves consenting adults,
is still wrong?"

    360 Vision is the only weekly Canadian television program that probes the
intersection of spirituality and daily events. Its mandate is to give viewers
a compass to help them to navigate the diverse and complex world of belief.
    For more news and information on 360 Vision, please visit
www.visiontv.ca.





For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Lowell Hall, Director of
Operations, LH Metropolis Communications, Phone: (416) 887-1636, Email:
lowell@lhmetropolis.com; David Todd, Media Relations Manager, VisionTV, Phone:
(416) 368-3194, ext. 207, Email: dtodd@s-vox.com

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