Eight clicks to pr0n!!1!

Juanita Doyon, a candidate for Superintendent of Public Instruction in Washington State, may be a sensible person with good ideas for running education in Washington. I don’t know. I do know that she shouldn’t have wandered into my world.

According to KATU News in Portland, she accused the incumbent SPI of the shocking crime of allowing the state’s education web page to link to pornography. Through a chain of eight links. You know where we’re going next, right? Juanita to porn, in less than eight links.

Let’s start from her page at juanita2004spi.com/resources, a list of resources for her Mothers Against WASL campaign. That links to rereformed.com, which has apparently let its domain registration lapse. With lots of hosts and registrars, that would be game over, one link to porn, but not this time: we get a list of “search” results. The related search for Reformed offers up a “sponsored result” for shopping for Reformed at Yahoo, with baffling contents. Upper left corner, we get a link to get somewhere we know, Yahoo’s home page. With nowhere better to go, we search for the popular term Jennifer Lopez, then decide we don’t want to pay for J-Lo, so we click the related search for free Jennifer Lopez and, game over, the number one result, free-jennifer-lopez-nude.biz/jennifer_lopez_free.html is, not too surprisingly, pornographic. Seven clicks, and I didn’t even try very hard.

If you so completely fail to understand the web that you think people are somehow responsible for thing seven or eight clicks away from them, it’s probably best to avoid linking to such hotbeds of porn as Yahoo and Google (and Amazon: the covers on some of the erotica they sell just two or three clicks away from Ms. Doyon’s own book are pretty racy). In fact, your only safe course is to not link to anything. Rather like that ostrich on your main page. It’s a scary, nasty intarweb.

Oh, how did I find that story? At Fark, following a link from Time Magazine. Given Fark’s policy of never being more than one link from boobies, that means Time is now two links from porn, and will be unless and until Meet Joe Blog falls out of their archives.


Comment by joy #
2004-06-13 17:56:46

It’s sad in this day and age that a person running for public office (in education, no less) isn’t savvy enough to understand how the Web works.

If I was a Washington State resident, I’d pointedly ask Ms. Doyon what formal technical education she’s had, because it is quite obvious she’s lacking in that functional requirement.

Anyway, good exercise Phil, I’m sure that Ms. Doyon will appreciate your help. ;-)

Comment by Dave S. #
2004-06-13 18:07:19

From the resources page:

Now you’re at the Yahoo root directory, and from there you’re only a few clicks away from all the porn you can handle. In the interest of completeness, here’s but one of many possible paths:

  • Photography (under ’Arts & Humanities’)
  • Thematic
  • Erotica

And there you are. (And any dissertation on the fine differences between ’erotica’ and porn are, of course, lost on one who’d make an issue of an 8-link chain to begin with, so we’ll just assume it’s one and the same, mm?)

Comment by Phil Ringnalda #
2004-06-13 18:39:25

Bloody hell. I even saw the Groups link (I started with a link-checker report on her site), but I wasn’t planning on ending up at Yahoo. That’s just plain shocking!

Comment by Jim Kloss #
2004-06-13 18:20:52

This article had a bit more detail about the original links:

OSPI’s Web site is located at http://www.k12.wa.us. The LINKS Learning section on OSPI’s Web site is an ”E-learning” project paid for by federal grant money. Under a ”Kids Section,” browsers could access http://www.dailywriting. net, ”a cyber retreat for writers.” The writing site linked to http://www.sugar-n-spicy, a site that links to ”art nudes,” which in turn links to pornographic Web sites.

OSPI temporarily has pulled the ”Life Ready” content from the LINKS Learning Kids Section. OSPI has called for in-house and independent reviews of the content, Skidmore said.

Comment by Phil Ringnalda #
2004-06-13 18:52:07

Thanks for the link to a decent story: I got too distracted by the search for porn to think of that ;)

But now I’m too distracted by the News Tribune’s cunning method of distancing itself from the web to focus on the actual sites. I thought I was over my hatred of sites that use plain-text URLs instead of links, since I can just select them and drag them to Firefox’s tab bar to open them in a new tab, so it took me several failures with dailywriting.   net to realize that they had slipped a space in before the net, to make it as difficult as possible for anyone to look or think for themselves. And http://www.sugar-n-spicy with no TLD? Tacky, and stupid. (And Sugar-n-Spicy links to worse things than Art Nudes: it links to J-Walk. I subscribed to Sugar-n-Spicy’s feed, but I unsubscribed from J-Walk’s, just in case.)

Comment by Jim Kloss #
2004-06-13 19:15:59

Stop it Phil. Now you’ve got me doing it.

They’ll have to remove their Site Requirements link from the Superintendent Of Public Instruction too.

1)Site Requirements
2)Netscape Newscenter
3)Hot Searches – Sassy Sleepwear

Take your pick from ”Hanro, Natori, Hanky Panky & more. P.J’s, Gowns, Robes-great sales” or ”Sassy Sleepwear. Exotic Swimsuits. Hot Oil Massage. ” or ”Britney Spears Flirting Secrets”.

I must stop now.

Comment by Jim Kloss #
2004-06-13 19:29:11

What the heck….
4)The link to Bare Necessities which has pictures of wonderfully clad women in nighties. So … that’s a mere 4 clicks from ANY page on the Superintendent Of Public Instruction to something that actually resembles pr0n!!1!

Comment by Jim Kloss #
2004-06-13 18:47:25

Er, and just to beat an obviously dead horse, any kid who ended up at the site that had (at some point) a link to sugar-n-spicy and muddled through the hundreds of links there deserves to see art nudes.

Compare to the mere 5 clicks it takes to get to the ”career” section where kids can find out what great jobs their government has waiting for them in the Air Force, Army and Army Reserve Recruiting, Military Career Guide Online, Navy: Navyjobs.com, Opportunities for You in the Corps (U.S. Marine Corps) or Selective Service System Registration Information.

Comment by Phil Ringnalda #
2004-06-13 19:04:31

The Scarlet Link is on the forums page, way down at the bottom. Personally, I’d call the link to Gaian Tarot more shocking.

Does the govt really suggest Army Reserve Recruiting as a career choice? Beats hell out of actually going off and getting blown up, I guess.

Comment by monkeyinabox #
2004-06-14 12:59:03

That’s just plain said. I always make my sites 1 or 2 clicks away from porn.

Comment by Heather #
2004-08-16 04:38:44

You mean it took six clicks to reach PrOn. Dionysus will be furious with me.

Comment by vernaculo #
2004-10-08 15:19:33

I don’t understand. What is ”pr0n”?

Comment by Phil Ringnalda #
2004-10-08 18:50:17

When you want to know about something that mostly exists online, your best bet is always Wikipedia.

Though they missed a little of the flavor of the origin: now it’s mostly used just as l33t, but like a lot of l33t, it started as a way of bypassing filters, which used to block ”porn” and ”pornography” but not ”pr0n”. Now you would be hard pressed to find a filter that missed pr0n.

Trackback by Everything Is In/Flux #
2004-06-14 12:00:35

Ignorance is not always bliss

Phil, whose dry sarcasm I find quite enjoyable, pointed out the ridiculousness of alleging that people are responsible for every chain linked from their site.

I agree with Phil though – the only solution is to link to nothing because if you link t…

Trackback by leuschke.org links #
2004-06-16 18:03:47

Eight clicks to pr0n!!1!

it’s amazing what people can fail to understand

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