Tuesday, June 28, 2016

CHER, FRAMBOISE AND CENSORSHIP

The internet is awesome.. This is especially true for me.It allows me to stay connected to the world outside of this facility.

Cher has just returned from a vacation on the French and Italian Rivieras. There were many tweets from her.  There were so many photos, I felt as though I  was vacationing with her.  A virtual vacation is not the same  as actually being there, but it's better than nothing.

Cher tweeted about drinking Framboise. Whenever Cher mentions a food, drink or something else she likes, I google it. (I once ordered her favorite drink, frozen hot chocolate, from her Favorite New York restaraaunt, Serendipity 3. . Pacts of the hot chocolate mix were delivered to me. I am sure the restaurant's is much better than the mix, but at least I can say I tried it.)  I wanted to know what Framboise was. I googled. I saw links for it, but when I clicked on one of the links, Forbidden was the message I received again and again.

I am writer I was angry. It felt as though my internet searching was being censored. I was not googling pornography. .I was googling to learn. I was googling gain knowledge.  I didn't understand what the issue was. This facility is part of a public corporation. As such, it can do whatever it wants. I understood this in theory My issue was that if I am to regard this facility as my home, then allow me to search the internet freely without restrictions, the way I did when  I lived in my own home.

My Facebook friends came to my rescue. They googled Framboise for me. It is a French raspberry beer. I love anything French. I hope to try Framboise soon.

I wanted the filters on the Internet to be changed. I was determined to make that happen. I spoke to the administrator, explained  my issue and the filters were removed. it feels good to know that I helped make a positive change here.

Last week was a great week. I tried sushi for the first time. I was a columnist on M.A. Cassata's entertainment website The Mac Wire.  http://www.themacwire.com/chers-on-european-vacation-fans-are-delighted/ I helped make changes to Internet searching here. And, it all started with a Cher Tweet.