There has been a flurry of blog posts and Twitter updates in the last week about being careful what you write on the Internet, and warning bloggers to “think before you post.” This is sound advice, and possibly even a little obvious. But sometimes it really is easy to forget that what you blog, tweet or otherwise post on the Internet, whether or not you are trying to be discrete or anonymous, can come back to haunt you.
Case in point: the controversy surrounding Natalie Monroe, whose “profanity laced” blog has so upset teachers, parents and students at her school and across the country.
I will not weigh in here about whether or not Monroe should be fired, or whether she has the right to say what she wants on a blog written anonymously. But I found myself thinking of her and her situation when I read this article today. Why is it that a teacher is suspended, and will possibly lose her job (thereby most likely becoming unemployable in her chosen profession), for complaining about student motivation and co-workers (and apparently using some choice language in doing so), while a deputy attorney general of the state of Indiana can make blatantly inflammatory comments (with no attempt at anonymity) on Twitter and on his blog with no repercussions? If Monroe’s behavior is unbecoming of a teacher, why are Jeff Cox’s comments acceptable for a deputy attorney general? I think there are some double standards at work here.
What do you think? Please comment.
Update: Apparently, after I read the Jeff Cox article, it was updated to state that he has been terminated from his position. While I can never be happy about someone else’s missteps, I am glad that the seeming double standard does not exist.