Monday, July 18, 2016

Yes, please and thank you.

UPI is reporting that Starbucks and McDonald's will block porn on their WiFi networks.

First, although I'm a big believer in first amendment rights, and that people should be able to look at porn if they want to, I don't think McDonald's, Starbucks, or any private business is obligated to provide access to it. Also, porn is exploitive, and as far as I know, it's impossible to tell whether the people on the screen have made a voluntary choice to participate.

Second, it's just weird to watch porn in public. That's my own opinion, but yeah. I don't want to have to walk past someone's porn screen to take my grandkids to McDonald's' play place.

There's also an argument to be made that allowing porn access means that children may accidentally (or not) stumble onto porn while they're surfing the web, if it's not filtered out. 

Of course there's a slippery slope effect: What will McDonalds and Starbucks decide is bad for us in the future? The McDonald's by me usually has CNN on-screen. Is the news too violent for a family-friendly restaurant? If the last week or so is any indication, maybe so.

As much as I appreciate the free wi-fi and CNN when I go to McDonald's or Starbucks (both seldom), these businesses don't owe it to me. So I guess they get to decide.

In this case, good onya, McDonald's and Starbucks.


  1. I completely agree that these private businesses do not owe us wifi or access to porn.

  2. "Porn" is my its very definition exploitative. That's why our vocabulary gives us the option of "erotica," even if web sites don't.

    Your post got me thinking about wifi on planes. Wouldn't it be completely creepy to be in the center seat, next to someone watching free porn?