A rebuttal to the IT department blocking Bing

April 9, 2008: 11:39 AM ET

Word comes from Megan in Chicago, one of our most valued and assiduous correspondents, that this humble blog has been blocked by the IT police of her company. Megan writes:

I can tell you one thing that is going the wrong way. Bing's Blog page has been officially blocked at work with a code of "Social Networking"... Stanley baby - can you pull a few strings and help the numb nuts in IT understand that I need this site in my daily work life? How can I possibly put in a full 10 hours without a spoonful of delicious irony! I've explained that this is a very useful site which quite often covers business related topics. I've stated my case that while the site is not essential to doing my job, it does help me do my job better. They've claimed that they will review and let me know - *sigh*. I'll miss you sweetheart…

I'll miss you, too, Megan! It's all so unfair! A social network? Us? Could that be? Every day we have as serious a discussion of current business-related events as the facts warrant! Sure, a lot of the time we focus on the ridiculous and outrageous, but that's a direct effect of the times in which we live, right? Just look at the following issues we've dealt with in recent months:

  • Guys who play golf and bridge while their city-states are flailing, and are then super-compensated upon their departure;
  • The collapse of huge banking institutions that stupidly gave loans to people who couldn't repay them when belts tightened even one teeny notch;
  • The most aggressive Fed in living memory, moving dynamically to do who knows what?;
  • Utter confusion on the part of experts and pundits of all stripes, and a general sense of incapacity and weirdness from all over;
  • The usual insanity pertaining to mergers, acqusitions, divestitures and other organizational hooey in organizations from Apple and AOL to Yahoo and whatever companies that start with the letter Z you can think of;
  • Intense activity in the digital arena, including the geometric growth of online retail while brick and mortar stumbled;
  • The worst performance by the airlines industry since Howard Hughes attempted to commercialize the Spruce Goose;
  • Other (your peeve here).

We've covered these terrific business trends and stories just like a responsible information source should, with aplomb, sagacity and no little amount of sang froid. We've also looked extensively at your bulls**t jobs and crazy bosses, and even occasionally offered some advice in our Ask Bing sector. And if, in so doing, we have also attracted a witty, savvy, saucy, snazzy, slightly snarky group that get together with some regularity to comment on the general situation? Does that make us a social network worthy of blockage? Well! All I can say is...

Thanks for the promotion, IT dudes! Now come on! Free the blog! Lift the blockade! Let freedom ring!

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