Oh noes, gubment is out to get us

Today’s misleading headline comes to us from the good folks at CBS News who tell us:

TSA to Block “Controversial Opinion” on the Web

Yikes! This raises so many questions like: Is free speech brewing terrorism on the net? Why else would the TSA of all things be involved in something like this? What I mean is that the Transportation Safety Administration is tasked with security for all modes of transportation. This must be something extremely serious for them to be involved, right?

Actually read the story, though, and one just might come away with a slightly different interpretation.

You see, the story is actually about TSA computers, not the “web.” Computers that are supposed to be used by TSA employees in the performance of their job duties, you know, doing things to make transportation safe and stuff.

And the “controversial opinion” that TSA employees will be blocked from? (Check out those quotation marks in action, used for dramatic effect, to make things sound so chilling.) One example is that employees will be blocked from playing online games.

Wow. That is chilling. Oops, please excuse me. I just accidentally snorted some Jack Daniels up my nose.

TSA employees will also be blocked from other things like criminal activity, extreme violence, chat/messaging, and yes, even the aforementioned “controversial opinion.”

In other words, they’ll probably have to spend more time doing their jobs. We can only hope that surfing porn (like they do at the SEC) will fall under one of those broad (no pun intended) categories.

So here’s a tip of the hat to CBS News and their attempt to sensationalize their headline to induce clicks. It certainly worked on me.

3 responses

  1. unabridgedgirl | Reply

    Are you serious? THEY ARE GOING TO BLOCK THEIR GAMES? Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo. This is the worst news EVER.

    0.o

    Seriously?

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  2. Um, YEAH, talk about misleading headline… I freak out about headlines like that. If there’s one thing that I know my puny generation will rise up in arms about – it’s free speech on the internet. I’ve seriously got the banners and marching shoes ready for any occasion of the bloody government trying to control where we go, what we say and what we do in cyberspace.

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  3. The TSA workers also won’t be able to update their facebook status or tweet…. shoot! I guess I’ll have to stop following them!

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