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The Consequences of Youthful Indiscretions

In this age of instant communication, isn’t it ironic that we are required to use even greater caution in what we say and to whom we say it? Given the ease with which I can forward an email or post to a blog, I can convey my thoughts across the room or around the globe. As a student I have to keep this reality in mind when I write. What if a future employer happens to be reading? Should this be a concern and influence what I choose to say? Perhaps, perhaps not, but the reality is it does, especially with interviews looming in the fall.

This really didn’t seem to matter much when the primary form of written communication was the posted letter. After all, how many times have you ever received a letter, read it, written out a new envelope, stamped it, and mailed it on to another person? Just didn’t happen, did it? Forwarding is a different story as a recent Dutch law grad found out. Mis-addressing the email and the power of the “forward” button mean that people all over the world are now familiar with his “career” goals.

As the article reported, at least everyone knows his name.


Posted by Michel J. Ayer on Sunday, April 24, 2005

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