It's a rare day when I find myself agreeing with Scalia.
Justice Thomas is notable as one of the two dissenters for claiming essentially that all speech to and from minors must go through the parents. (Scalia tears him apart for this view, pointing out that it's an impossible standard and that there is no precedent anywhere for such an interpretation.)
The Supreme Court’s Remarkable Argument Over Children’s And Young Adult Fiction | ThinkProgress
Scalia counters with a history of moral panic over the things children and young adults consume, pointing out that every time, we’ve been embarrassed to look back at what we’ve regulated:
Certainly the books we give children to read — or read to them when they are younger — contain no shortage of gore. Grimm’s Fairy Tales, for example, are grim indeed. As her just deserts for trying to poison Snow White, the wicked queen is made to dance in red hot slippers “till she fell dead on the floor, a sad example of envy and jealousy.”[...] Cinderella’s evil stepsisters have their eyes pecked out by doves. [...] And Hansel and Gretel (children!) kill their captor by baking her in an oven.
High-school reading lists are full of similar fare. Homer’s Odysseus blinds Polyphemus the Cyclops bygrinding out his eye with a heated stake…(“Even so did we seize the fiery-pointed brand and whirled it round in his eye, and the blood flowed about the heated bar. And the breath of the flame singed his eyelids and brows all about, as the ball of the eye burnt away, and the roots thereof crackled in the flame”). In the Inferno, Dante and Virgil watch corrupt politicians struggle to stay submerged beneath a lake of boiling pitch, lest they be
skewered by devils above the surface. [...] And Golding’s Lord of the Flies recounts how a schoolboy called Piggy is savagely murdered by other children while marooned on an island.
This is not to say that minors’ consumption of violent entertainment has never encountered resistance. In the 1800’s, dime novels depicting crime and “penny dreadfuls” (named for their price and content) were blamed in some quarters for juvenile delinquency. [...] When motion pictures came along, they became the villains instead. “The days when the police looked upon dime novels as the most dangerous of textbooks in the school for crime are drawing to a close. [...] They say that the moving picture machine…tends even more than did the dime novel to turn the thoughts of the easily influenced to paths which sometimes lead to prison.” [...] For a time, our Court did permit broad censorship of movies because of their capacity to be “used for evil,”…but we eventually reversed course…Radio dramas were next, and then came comic books. [...] Many in the late 1940’s and early 1950’s blamed comic books for fostering a “preoccupation with violence and horror” among the young, leading to a rising juvenile crime rate. [...] But efforts to convince Congress to restrict comic books failed…And, of course, after comic books came television and music lyrics.