Wake Co PL Wrong to Block MySpace

Patrick Minnock, an adult, a library fan and non-MySpace user, writes a thoughtful letter to the editor of the Raleigh (NC) Chronicle about why he thinks it’s a mistake for the Wake County Public Library to have blocked MySpace from their public internet computers. According to Library Director Thomas L Moore,

“They’ve been bringing up some graphic pornographic sites on our PCs that children have inadvertently seen, and we just can’t tolerate that. It’s become an attractive nuisance.”

Minnock, however, says that “Prohibiting the use of MySpace from all of the people that use it everyday at the Wake County Public Libraries is not keeping with the history of public libraries.” He suggests that MySpace be pressured to prohibit obscene content and that parents pay very close attention to the children’s online activities.