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:
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:
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.