Sunday, August 29, 2004

Re: F-bomb-dropping attorney gets worldwide notoriety

I was thinking a bit more recently about the story that was the basis for my previous post ("F-bomb-dropping attorney gets worldwide notoriety"). There is a second privacy aspect ... Thanks to the internet, the Chicago lawyer who left the message in question is probably going to be living with the incident for a very long time. It is now routine to google job applicants, contacts and just people you know. If he finds himself looking for a job or going on a blind date, googling his name will bring back this story as if it only happened today. I've heard it said that you should never write anything in an e-mail that you wouldn't wanted reported on the front page of the New York Times. This is a reminder that you shouldn't write an e-mail or leave a voice-mail that you wouldn't want on the front pages, either. The internet takes it to the next level, since it is all a quick click away.

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