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Monday, December 20, 2010

Cleveland Clinic Employees Can No Longer Look at HotChicksWithDouchebags.com At Work

Posted By on Mon, Dec 20, 2010 at 3:44 PM

No pics like this for Cleveland Clinic employees.
  • No pics like this for Cleveland Clinic employees.

Workplaces regularly filter what Internet sites can and can't be viewed on employees' computers. Lots of places don't allow workers on Facebook or other social media sites, and many block access to YouTube-like sites that can eat up bandwidth with streaming video or audio. And, of course, porn is likely a no-no as well.

Anyway, you get the point — some software with some choice keywords and you're blocked from even more sites.

The word 'douchebag' looks like it was recently added to the Cleveland Clinic's list of keywords, because MedCity News reports that Clinic employees can no longer access

HotChicksWithDouchebags.com, if you didn't know, is a veritable cornucopia of pictures of douchey guys with beautiful women (the title, after all, is pretty self-explanatory).

How do you define what the employees can or can’t view?

Exhibit A: Hot Chicks With Douchebags. “Douchebag” was a low-end, under-the-radar derogatory word known more for the literal, medicinal application. That changed in recent years with the evolution of muscle-bound and fake-tanned devotees, and the sites that loathe them. Then came the expansion of TV shows like Jersey Shore and Is She Really Going Out With Him? (created with the help of the creator of Hot Chicks With Douchebags), as well as additional parodies on the douchebag phenomenon.

Kolonick said Cleveland Clinic uses software that flags terms and search words, coupled with a list of Web addresses that are not to be touched. Surfing to a banned site will get you a message reminding employees that Internet use is meant to “facilitate business related information.” A site like TheDirty.com is also unreachable through the Cleveland Clinic system. But employees can get to Barstoolsports.com.

“There is a method behind the madness,” Kolonick said.

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