This is a fairly interesting tale on Ammon today. Mayor Maani has ordered for various sites including local news websites like Ammon itself, be blocked from Greater Amman Municipality computers. GAM employees seem to be spending way too much time reading online instead of working. It’s funny how government employees drinking coffee and reading newspapers can still be widely seen throughout the Kingdom’s public sector, and how that exercise seems to have moved online.
However, what is interesting is really the ceiling here. For while it may be understandable to block MSN Messenger or Facebook, which contribute to idle-time and are widely blocked in various companies all over the world – can the same be said of news websites?
Is there a slippery slope here to consider?
How many websites can be considered time-wasters? Do we block just the top five? Top ten? Twenty?
Does the banning of YouTube only increase the usage of Ikbis?
Does the banning of news websites means an increase in blog traffic?
Heck, speaking strictly from a productivity point of view, the whole Internet may be more trouble than its really worth. Should the Internet be banned all together?
Also, does prohibiting an activity that induces idle-time, only push an idle-worker to find another activity to fill his or her time?
Note that I am neither with nor against the blocking of sites for the sake of raising productivity. I understand the point of view of the employers. I’m merely suggesting that it’s not as easy as one might think, and that it warrants various considerations.
I’m guessing there are not many blog readers at the GAM and other government institutions, but if someone is reading this now. I feel your pain.
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