Weapons Caught in the Internet Filter at Baylor University

As I mentioned in my last post, I am in the Republic of Texas, at Baylor University in Waco. I am here to string tennis rackets at the NCAA national championships, but using my downtime to do some work on Gun Culture 2.0.

As a guest of the university, I was given access to the event Wi-Fi provided by Baylor, for which I was very thankful. While I was writing up my recent post on Blackhawk’s “Own It” advertisement, I wanted to give a little background on the company. So I tried to go to Blackhawk’s website and received the following notification:

Baylor Website Blockage

I don’t know much about the culture and politics of Baylor, but I wonder if it is basically in Texas but not of it?

Also, following up on my complaint about the NFL banning a gun advertisement but welcoming advertisements that sell sex and alcohol, I decided to see if Baylor would block me from going to look at sexy photos on the Campari website. Survey says:

Campari Screen Shot

Yes! Looking at websites that use sex to sell alcohol is A-OK. Looking at the websites about weapons, not so much.

Edit: I should clarify that I am not arguing that access to the Campari website SHOULD be blocked, nor am I arguing that NO sites should be blocked. I simply question why WEAPONS are blocked but not other subjects and images that could also be linked to problematic attitudes and behaviors.

3 comments

  1. ok but let’s discuss what should and should not be blocked (if anything). You don’t want sex and alcohol banned either, right? Just wish you’d make this explicit. 🙂

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    • Good and fair point. I put a note at the bottom clarifying my position. I don’t think weapons as a general category should be blocked, nor should the Campari website. It was just the difference between the two that I found notable. As with the NFL accepting sex and alcohol ads but not a home defense ad by a gun manufacturer.

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