Friday, January 14, 2005

Be Careful What You Blog

It is the first time that I have come across a blogger in the UK sacked from his company because of what he blogged. The Guardian reports:

Joe Gordon, 37, worked for Waterstone's in Edinburgh for 11 years but says he was dismissed without warning for "gross misconduct" and "bringing the company into disrepute" through the comments he posted on his weblog.
See the full article here.

Bloggers beware! Do not post things that may be libellous or at least offending to your workplace unless you and your blog are well hidden by the anonymity you created. All this the more highlight the responsibillity brought upon by the freedom of speech that we enjoy greatly in cyberspace. We may express anything we want as long as it does not infringe on anyone's or any entity's rights.

Although the average blogger would ask - what if I just want to rant? Surely most of your ire would at least one time be poured on the people at work where you spend a sizeable part of your adult life. How to do it? A solution would be to just borrow the ear of one of your unfortunate friends and go about your tirade. Or write it on a piece of paper then tear it to tiny itsy bitsy pieces burn it or eat it. Burp! ... Hell no! you say, that's the reason why you blog - you want an audience to read your rage and see how you humiliate your objects of fury. Things that you are too chicken to say in their face. Well, I think the best option would be create a separate username and blog which will be your alter ego that will keep your vilest bile. Your negative side. So you will have a positive and a negative, yin and yang, alternating current ... just as long as you don't post anything that would a give a clue on who you are like pictures, specific names, etc. Be as vague as possible then you can have your rant and eat it, too. ;)

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