Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Elul and Blogging

A guest post by JS:

Thought I would post this article on how people tend to become a bit, shall we say, "uninhibited" when they go online and believe they are shielded by anonymity.

After all, it's Elul and Rosh HaShana is less than a week away, so we should all be a bit more introspective and recognize when we act online in ways we would never act in person (hopefully). But, if that's not reason enough, modern technology is slowly starting to strip away some of that anonymity:

“When we first started with online blogs and that sort of thing, people weren’t aware of how much the environment could affect their behavior, but now people are getting much more savvy about it,” Wallace says. “But the issue that needs to be considered now is there’s no privacy. People need to recognize that they just can’t send out these blogging responses and e-mails and expect their anonymity to be preserved. It probably won’t be. Recording devices are everywhere and Web 2.0, with its user-generated content, greatly amplifies the Net’s power to expose and publicize.

“It also archives forever.”

Of course, it's never too late to apologize and repent, as our online sins are just as real as our "in-person" sins. So, I would like to take this opportunity to apologize to anyone who I have wronged and I would encourage others to perhaps use the comments section of this post to do the same.

Buy DB's book. (please)

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