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On Censorship


I was perusing my usual dailies just now, and noticed that Zonker, brave man that he is, has taken on the subject of censorship. He’s noted a few Internet pages that the elites at a particular coffee shop* have chosen to keep people from reading, along with screenshots of the error messages.


Now, anyone who reads Sandy’s page knows that Zonker is a pretty sensitive guy, and can get pretty worked up about things. It’s why we love him so much. One thing you may not know about Zonker, though, is that also tends to censor himself. Every now and then, I guess he has a little too much to drink, and comes home and really opens up. Sometimes, maybe a little too much. Usually, he just deletes it off his blog the next morning, or bowdlerizes it after-the-fact, so he won’t lose his tough-guy image. For example, a week or so ago, he wrote a weepy post about the injustice of Aaron and Marcy not winning the Pairs Figure Skating Gold in Turin, despite running a “fabulous” (his word) routine. The next morning, however, it was nowhere to be found.


I guess the same thing happened with Zonker’s post about the firewalled blogs. Although his post is still there, for the most part, a lot of the screenshots he posted last night at 3:30 AM have disappeared! Luckily, I’m in a timezone that’s 6 hours ahead, so I was able to save a few of the screenshots that Zonker made in the coffee shop, but aren’t on his page anymore for some reason. Let’s take a look:


Blocked1



Ouch, that must sting. Er...sorry to hear about that Zonk-man.


Blocked2


I’m not even sure what that means, but it sounds like a nature site. What could be the problem there?


Blocked3


OK, but that could’ve been any of the other computers in the place, too.


Blocked4-2


Now, that’s just unfair. It’s all about context.


Information is crucial to a democracy. I don’t think a few people should decide what pages are ‘suitable’ to be viewed by whom, or how many times in a 30 minute period. That’s just wrong.


UPDATE:

* - Note to selff: Don’t forget to write funny footnote


Comments

zonker

Thanks for not mentioning that block on the Michael Bolton fanboy site.

zonker

Uhhh...not like there was a block.

As far as I know.

Can we just pretend these comments never happened?

Rube

No problem, Zonker. That would've been just a little too embarrassing.

Sandy

Well..I wasn't gonna say nothing but you do know that Zonker wrote the script for "Brokeback Mountain" right? It started out as a biography but then he lost his nerve and it just got all sorted and shit..............those were bad years.........

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