August 26, 2003
Finding Filth In Surprising Places

Having some time to kill in my 14-hour school day (Parents' Night was 7:00 to 9:00), I took my classroom computer for a spin around some of the more respectable weblogs. Of course, in a secondary school, particularly a Catholic one, there will necessarily be some kind of 'net nanny' software enabled, so I did not even try to look at blogs known to show tasteless pictures, like The Gweilo Diaries or Curmudgeonly & Skeptical. I was still quite surprised to see which sites gave me the message beginning "[Site x] has been classified as pornography". That seems a bit of an exaggeration for Colby Cosh, though perhaps not entirely surprising, since his language is often obscene or profane.

Click on 'more' to see four more alleged purveyors of porn, each more surprising than the one before. I actually got the message five more times, but Marduk's Babylonian Musings hardly counts, since it's foul-mouthed (foul-keyboarded?) enough that I assumed it would be banned, and only checked because I was wondering whether the software was as incompetent in letting offensive sites through as it is in banning inoffensive sites. Apparently not.

The other four were:

  1. Crooked Timber
  2. Cronaca
  3. God of the Machine
  4. Cinderella Bloggerfeller
Posted by Dr. Weevil at August 26, 2003 10:58 PM

Must be the picture of Yazmin Alibhai-Brown I have in my header...

Posted by: C.Bloggerfeller on August 27, 2003 07:22 AM

I'm embarrassed to tell you what my number #1 Google search is.

Posted by: Aaron Haspel on August 27, 2003 09:20 AM

"Tasteless picture"????? Why I'll have you know our crack staff searches the net for only the highest quality Asian cheesecake (or is that ricecake?).

Posted by: Conrad on August 27, 2003 01:47 PM

Libertarian Samizdata used to be blocked here as "Hate Speech".

Posted by: Mac Thomason on August 27, 2003 08:17 PM

I work for a government department that manages the central network. We got a call from someone in Agriculture complaining that he couldn't access canola-related research sites because the word "rape" appeared. And don't even think of shopping for swimwear online....

Posted by: Jane Finch on August 28, 2003 09:32 AM

It's really rather remarkable what will trip those filtering systems.

Fortunately, adults at home are not required to use them. :-)

Posted by: Dean Esmay on August 30, 2003 03:40 AM

Tasteless? Ay Carumba. We prefer to call them ... uh, something else.

Posted by: Rodger Schultz on September 6, 2003 05:36 AM

Bad luck :)) But every cloud has a silver lining.

Posted by: Renee on June 11, 2004 06:24 PM