In a tearful statement to the media, Rep. Anthony Weiner
admitted he posted a lewd picture of his anatomy to Twitter. Not only that, he
says he's engaged in "inappropriate" online communications with at least six
It was just a few days ago that I revisited the Fabulous
Don't write emails so provocative that they wind up
reproduced on the front page of the Wall Street Journal.
That rule is focused on email which for many companies is
archived for years. That means it could end up in litigation or an enforcement
action. The rule is really applicable to any type of publishing.
The internet has turned us all into publishers, or at
least given us the ability to be publishers. Traditional publishers have layers
of review before information, stories, and pictures get published. On the
internet, the only layer of review is your common sense. That's all that stands
between you and that send button.
Weinergate is just another example of failed common
sense. He never should have hit that send button.
I have not found anything new in the scandal. I don't
think you need a new policy prohibiting people from sending pictures of
themselves in their underwear. (I suppose there is an exception if you are in
the adult entertainment industry.) Common sense should take care of that.
I suppose its useful to compare this to Eliot Spitzer. He
had his own sex scandal, but it required a government investigation. Weiner
merely shot himself by sending out a public message.
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