Askar's explanation of "Why it matters": The Times captures a wide range of opinions about the wisdom of allowing people to view pornography in public places via computers, iPads or smartphones. The subject can put personal media on a collision course with personal morality. This is an era, after all, that celebrates peoples ability to watch what they want, when they want, but it also forces bystanders to choose whether to shrug, object or avert their eyes.

The library will also soon post warnings on the screens of all its 240 computers to remind people to be sensitive to other patrons a solution it prefers to filtering or censoring images.

There have been a few reports of men being arrested over the last year for viewing pornography on their computers at McDonalds. McDonalds declined to comment for this article. Starbucks said it does not censor what people use its Wi-Fi for but reserves the right to ask someone not to view material that might offend patrons or employees.