I am so horribly and utterly against internet filtering that I can't even form a coherent and reasonable line of thought when discussing it. It's like burning books. It just makes me so... asafldskjsdf.
I mean, I get it. Corps drink the Kool-aid. They think that we're all wasting time on the scary interwebz that they provide when we should be working. They stand around the water cooler discussing it, then go out for a smoke break and discuss it some more, then shake hands over a table of discussion in a meeting room, then... oh wait, it's time to go home, enough work for one day. Meanwhile, in the cubicles... I was at my desk, doing desk-based activity the whole time. NO. WAI.
Sure, they need to block the pr0n. And that's all the internet is for. No one has ever used it for work-related purposes.
I'm getting caught up again. I shouldn't be this mad about workplace censorship. After all, that dude that walks around stopping at desks and engaging helpless co-workers in meaningless conversations about his divorce has been sto... [20 mins later] ... Sorry, got interrupted by That Guy.
My argument comes back to this: If you are a salaried employee, you should be judged on performance. That is all. If you deliver ahead of your deadlines on everything and THEN you'd like to pop in on Twitter and tell the world that you're going to be late for dinner... WHY THE F NOT? If someone's performance is bad... then deal with that aspect. Blanket solutions like a workplace-wide filter simply DO NOT WORK.
In lieu of something actually worthwhile to read, since you've made it this far through the rant. I shall point you to BBB's article involving internet dragons and PvP. Mostly because I want to use the following out of context with regards to the usage of Dragon as a solution for all life's problems:
...Surprise ambush by Rogues in the woods? Dragon. Attacked by an army of the damned? Dragon. Bar fight? Dragon. Behind in your taxes? Dragon.To which I'd like to add:
It’s the best answer to any problem. Once you apply Dragon to it, it goes away.
...utility ain’t the POINT. I’m a freaking DRAGON.
Facing a work-place firewall? Dragon.