We’re staying this weekend at the Best Western Coral Hills hotel in St. George, Utah, while visiting some of Michele’s family who have retired down here. Like most moderately priced hotels I’ve been in lately, they provide free wireless Internet access – why is it the expensive hotels charge guests for Internet access, while the cheaper chains include it free of charge?
At any rate, when one of our party went to post some photos on her MSN Spaces account she found access to the site blocked. Sure enough, the hotel is using something called InfoWest Clean Internet, which not only blocks access to all MSN Spaces, but also all of MySpace and Facebook. Interestingly, they don’t block access to Google Pages, at least not yet.
There’s a site where InfoWest explains why they’re blocking MySpace:
Here are the simple reasons we block MySpace.com:
1. It contains suggestive and pornographic images
2. It allows for the easy posting of way too much personal information
3. It is a context for dating and personal ads
4. It can be and has been used to exploit children and teenagers.
We welcome your comments.
I gave them my comments on blocking the social networking sites in their entirety. Might as well block the whole Internet while you’re at it. Sheesh.