over a decade I've maintained a Commentary section on this
Anyone who knows
me knows that I'm passionate about the world around me and I
like expressing my opinions. I spend a lot of time on the
articles I write, I do research, and in many cases list
references. I find the writing process to be cathartic.
I don't care if
people agree with what I write or not, although at the least
I always hope that it'll make them think. It's better to
have a misguided opinion than no opinion at all. Apathy
truly does kill.
So why am I
saying all this? Where has all the Commentary gone?
been asked to sign a new Social Media guideline at work. It
details what is and isn't acceptable online (apparently even
swearing is a no no) and has an overly broad scope that not
only includes the normal sites such as Facebook, Twitter
etc. but also personal websites or Blogs. Any transgression
is at the sole discretion of the higher ups grounds for
discipline up to and including dismissal.
On the one hand
I do recognize the desire for companies to protect
themselves legally from any harmful backlash from any
employee ranting and raving but I'm also a firm believer in
the need to separate work from home life. It's apparently
not enough that I already put in a regular work week plus
evenings and weekends, I must also conduct myself according
to company policy 24x7.
been several cases lately where a person says something
online that someone doesn't like and they contact the
employer and presto bingo that person's livelihood is
ruined. It doesn't matter if what was said was illegal or
not, it just takes one person's moral indignation to be
ignited - and let's face it, there's always someone outraged
about something. So maybe it's for the best.
From now on
there will be no more commentary on here, I'll be limiting
my social interaction on sites such as Facebook to such
banalities as 'sure is hot today' and posting cat videos
(which are adorable), and any conversations with friends and
family will be done individually in hushed tones with my
means anything at all, it means the right to tell people
what they do not want to hear" - George Orwell