Fox News - Officials in San Francisco have reportedly installed plastic privacy screens at the city’s main library to block pornographic images from the eyes of other visitors..."We're always looking for any kind of elegant solution that strikes a balance between the right to privacy and folks that want to use the library for any other intended purpose," city librarian Luis Herrera told the website. Adrian Dumont, a regular library visitor, is a fan of the new screens because he sees “a lot” of users viewing pornographic material. But Dawn Hawkins, executive director of the anti-pornography group Morality in Media, thinks even more should be done. "I think it's definitely not enough," Hawkins said. "Even with those protector screens, people walking directly behind somebody can see porn. I mean porn in the library? There's no place for that."
You have to respect the hell out of City Librarian (that's a real title, folks) Luis Herrera for that "we're always looking for any kind of elegant solution..." line. That is a man that is just born for politicking. I also like the fact that he's a pragmatist. As the city librarian he has his ear to the street and he knows what people currently want from their local libraries...unfiltered access to porn and a little privacy while they take care of business. I mean, just look at the rest of that sentence, "balance between right to privacy and folks that want to use the library for any other intended purpose." Any other intended purpose is basically an afterthought there...I can almost picture a local librarian being like;
"oh, you just came here to rent a book? Ok I guess you can do that...while you're hear I should mention we also have a gold membership to Brazzers if you have a few minutes you should really check it out."Bottom line, Dawn Hawkins doesn't want to see the citizens of San Fran taking advantage of free high speed broadband porn, go to Barnes and Noble. I don't know what gave her the idea that she could just waltz into a public building looking for free books and not catch a few eyefulls of porn, but this isn't fantasy land...This is a public city building, if people don't have a right to privacy here, where do they? Their home? Come on. I believe it was Matt Damon's character in Goodwill Hunting who so elegantly put it:
"Liberty is the soul's right to beat off in private at the public library, your honor."
Or something like that.
PS: Does Fred Willard know about this?