The following is a response to this post by my brother – duplicated here in case he thinks he can censor me, and to get my own readers’ feedback on the subject:
How about I want you to sleep at night instead of staying up chatting all night? The 18 thing is that theoretically since you’ll be an adult you can be trusted to make your own good choices, though I doubt a birthday is going to change anything for you.
You have to fucking sleep at night and you have to pass your fucking classes and you have to do all that damned correspondence work, right? You can be sitting around chatting with your friends (and enemies) online all night, every night until who-knows-when in the morning.
Porn? I don’t care. Obviously. I’m practically a porn addict. That isn’t the point.
And wanting to use your computer IS a factor, and I’ll admit that, but it isn’t the primary one.
As with anyone I care about, I want the best for you. I want you to succeed. I want to do whatever I can to help you to succeed, and while I can, I want to do whatever I can to force you to succeed. Do you homework! Get enough sleep that you can pay attention in your early classes! And so that you can feel better and not be so angty and/or depressed all the time!
And then there’s the whole issue of “privacy” which I don’t believe in, and I don’t support people wanting to have.
If you want to do something and you feel like it should be kept a secret or done in the “privacy” of your room, youprobably shouldn’t be doing it. Anything you do that you feel ashamed of in any way, anything you do that you don’t want other people to know about, almost anything you do or want to do that you don’t want to do right out in the open – you shouldn’t be doing.
Without religion, without laws, without a moral code, you inherently know right from wrong – just like every other being in the universe. Without anyone having to teach you, you know what things you should be doing and what things you want to do in secret – the ones you want to be doing in secret you shouldn’t be doing at all.
This applies to everyone. Everywhere. Not just you. So the question shouldn’t be why I want your computer out in the open, but why YOU want your computer in private. What do you think you’re doing in there that you can’t do out here?
Oh, and I think we determined to just move Angela’s computer to the next room and put yours here on the desk. No need to switch it – that would mean Angela would never get to use her computer, since you go to school at the same times she works (and are off at the same times, of course).
As far as deleting your blog/login, you’re silly. I have never censored anyone on Modern Evil. The only times I’ve ever removed accounts were because either people asked me to, or after providing over a month’s notice that inactive accounts would be removed, I removed inactive accounts and blogs. And your blog qualified as “inactive” according to even the loosest interpretation of my guidelines (5 posts in July) but I didn’t delete it after speaking to you about it.
In fact, the only time I can remember being upset with what someone was doing on Modern Evil was when one of my users was censoring people’s comments. I don’t like censoring on my site.
So if you still don’t understand why you can’t have your computer in your room, let me know. Because you need to give a valid explanation as to why you SHOULD have your computer in your room.