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Conspicuous Consumption

Public library officials defend access to porn in libraries

(04/25/11) NEW YORK- Public library officials say there are no plans to restrict access to porn websites available through the Internet on computers in public libraries.Officials say the ability to access the websites falls under residents’ First Amendment rights. They say as long as the resident has a library card and is over the age of 17, they have no right to restrict the websites a resident can access. The announcement comes after a Brooklyn woman got into an altercation with another man for viewing pornography in the Brooklyn Public Library.A spokesperson for the New York Public Library says it does everything it can to make branches safe and that the children’s computers have the sites blocked. The spokesperson added that only about 1 percent of patrons actually use library computers to view adult content. Library patron Daisy Nazario, 60, said she was grossed out when she discovered she was sitting next to an elderly porn watcher in the Brooklyn Central Library recently. The looker was using library-provided extensions on the sides of his computer to block the view of his screen — which was featuring a threesome at the time — “but I could still hear the voices,” a disgusted Nazario said.

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Taken on April 28, 2011