Websites that deserve to be blocked

The Philological Society.

Hurrah for imperial paranoia. The Phil Soc website is inaccessible and good show, too, because just think of all that linguistics upsetting the feelings of the government and undermining their authority.

That’s right, dear reader. The Phil Soc website has been blocked as far as I can tell. Do I have a theory? Well, the best I can come up with at the moment is that the URL contains a word which could mean something in Tйбэтаn or the abbreviated form of the Society’s name happens to coincide with that of some other organisation which has Nanny reaching for her turd-brown knickers. But I have no idea why the site should be blocked, and it seems unlikely that it has anything to do with technical difficulties at the other end of the line. There’s a lot of wheel spin and then nothing.

iGoogle did come back to normal, but it appears that any image coming via Google is blocked so that when you try to browse the themes, you have to rely on the names and hope that what you choose isn’t a big mistake.

Meanwhile, Microsoft’s Bing is snuggling up to Baidu to offer English language search results via Baidu. Stick in any of those bothersome T-words, and you’ll get pictures of puppies and kittens frolicking beneath the iron jackboot of oppression. Search for pictures of anything and you’ll get Hello Kitty and Doraemon. Well, you know you really wanted pictures of them and not something else.

Time for some Top Gear, I think.

Nearly two years later. At some stage the Phil Soc website was un­blocked, but I don’t know when. The only problem is that I can no longer access the journal on line even although I thought I knew what my user­name and password were.


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