Should you be able to watch porn in NYC libraries?

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Did you know that you have the right to watch porn in New York’s public libraries? Neither did Metro! But now that we’ve learned of this wonderful new freedom, someone’s out to take it away.

That someone, of course, is the muckraking New York Post, which never met a good thing it didn’t want to ruin. From the outraged tabloid:

New Yorkers can take their pick [of porn] at the city’s public libraries, thanks to a policy that gives adults the most uncensored access to extreme, hard-core Internet smut this side of the old Times Square.

The electronic smut falls under the heading of free speech and the protection of the First Amendment, library officials say.

New York libraries are required by federal law to put filtering software on all public computers — which they do! — but they are not required to stop anyone 17 and up from disabling the filter if they so desire — as people (sometimes) do! And that’s for the best, because this is America. If our perverts can’t watch porn in the safety of a public library, where can they watch porn?

What do you think? Should libraries further restrict patrons’ Internet viewing, or is free speech free speech? (via Gawker)



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