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Saturday, February 12, 2005

Free Expression Can Be Costly When Bloggers Bad-Mouth Jobs (

Free Expression Can Be Costly When Bloggers Bad-Mouth Jobs (

Since blogging is just developing, businesses are playing catch up in terms of rules and guidelines for their employees and their blogging. On the one hand, there are speech freedoms - on the other hand their is a businesses desire that an employees negative attitudes not become public information spread throughout the internet. There have been several individuals fired for what they posted on their blogs or "dooced" as the new lingo defines it.

Therefore, it is important for anyone who is contemplating blogging to check with their employers regarding blogging policies - especially if it comes to mentioning anything even remotely connected to work. Some people have been fired for writing about their place of employment, even when it was written anonymously and when all names were changed. Understandably, your co-workers are not happy if you write negative things about them in a public forum.

What will this mean for the future of blogging? I am afraid that it might turn into simple commenting on other news stories or upon events very distant from the life of the blogger. What will it mean for Isidore's Corner and Friary Notes? I expect that Isidore's Corner won't have many problems as it has very little connection with my life as a friar or any future ministry. Friary Notes, may have to become either a whole lot more personal or a whole lot more impersonal. Once again, morality plays catch up to technology.


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