An immediate family member was recently admitted to the hospital for emergency surgery. Anyone who has spent time in the waiting room during an operation knows hours go by from the time a patient is prepped until the time the doctor emerges with news of how things went.
Visitors can pass that time watching boring unchangeable cable channels, reading limited selection magazines, bringing diversions of their own, or, as was my choice, being productive and working. So I brought my laptop to access the hospital’s wi-fi system, which would allow me to continue researching for story ideas, maintaining communications, composing content, promoting the work, and importantly, seeing how the work is propagating across the Internet to allow for better targeting and feedback, reputation management, copyright protection and the like.
To those legitimate ends, which are vital to my family’s economic wellbeing, I was pleased to see a search engine result showing Michael Bane’s “Downrange TV” deemed one of my articles attention-worthy. That’s one of the premiere pro-gun sites out there. Getting a nod from there is a real plus. And furthermore, the article in question deals with an update to a continuously developing major news story that I helped break open onto the national scene–one that quite a few people have a real interest in keeping informed on.
So I clicked on the link and it took me to a screen informing me:
Summa Health Systems prohibits access to this site
What? You’re kidding. Why?
The Web site www.downrange.tv is classified as weapons. Visits to this site do not conform to the Internet Policy defined by Summa Health Care Management.
See the sidebar screen capture for the notice.
Here’s the thing: If Summa wants to keep their employees from using company computers for personal non-business reasons, that’s fine with me. And if they want filters to make sure that visitors aren’t displaying porn for everyone to see, that’s OK with me too, although that is most effectively treated after the fact—after all, there is nothing they can do to keep someone from displaying files already stored on their devices except to react to a display as it offends.
But to censor what a visitor can access because they are philosophically or politically opposed to ideas, and to set themselves up as arbiters of acceptability—and to prohibit that with which they disagree as a matter of corporate policy—is intolerant, arrogant, offensive and wrong, particularly when you consider most hospital visits are not exactly electives, that emergency facilities enjoy a special status within the diverse communities they’re supposed to serve, and that such policies can have the effect of impacting a visitor’s livelihood.
Especially when the idea they are squelching is nothing less than a bedrock Liberty concept enshrined in the Bill of Rights…
Trigger Sports Recorded!
For those who missed yesterday’s Trigger Sports Live!, you can still view it at the American Trigger Sports Network, where it will be headlined until next Wednesday’s show. Here’s the program summary:
Special Guests: Rachel Parsons-NRA-ILA Spokesperson makes Vets happy, Mark Walters-Armed American Radio discusses guns and alcohol,Barbara Crown discusses Blue Sheep & BareBow hunting, and Dan, award-winning journalist reports on internet mis-information!
Click here to watch the show, here for program archives, and here to shop at the ATSN online store.
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