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We've heard a lot about privacy rights in today's age of internet and instant information. Privacy rights are not really a big concern for me. Don't get me wrong - I think privacy is an important issue. But I also think that lots of people are keeping an eye on this - and my voice in the fracas won't add any value. Besides, what business does a guy posting his views on the internet every week have harping about privacy. If I really wanted privacy, I'd shut up.

My concern is the right to honesty.

When I started posting these little diatribes (yea and verily, these many weeks agos) I decided that anonymity would cheapen the impact. (How arrogant - assuming that I have an impact at all...) So I post them under a real name. In fact, my real name. My real legal name. I have stayed true to this. It hasn't been difficult.

I also decided that I wouldn't hold back how I felt. This would be real. Real thought. Real emotion. Usually real fluff; occassionally real serious. I'm already having trouble with this one.

That's because I have a real life. A partner, a family, a job. Of the three, I expect my partner and family would be fairly forgiving. The job part, though, is another matter. I am not financially secure. If I get fired, it won't be long before the creditors come a-knockin' on my door, instead of my daughter's. (But I digress...)

It's not like I want to slam my company, or my boss. Actually, I quite like my career situation right now. (And that is honest, not just sucking up. Too much.) The problem is that any negativity, no matter how small in the grand scheme of the corporate universe, is bound to come out on the internet as a major rant.

This is another of my posts with no conclusion. This can't really be fixed. The government could, if it had a mind to, pass legislation that said a person's personal life was their own, and could not be used as the basis for disciplinary action at work. It would come under fire immediately, of course. If I murder someone, does that affect my job performance? Perhaps not, but are my colleagues going to feel comfortable working with me? I suppose it depends whether the murder was the random killing of a (former) co-worker...

Even if you did create such a law, you could never enforce it. And laws that can't be enforced are bad laws.

So I will continue to post, with as much honesty and abrasiveness (that part's just fun) as I dare. Without risking my mortgage payments. Or, hopefully, my marriage-like relationship.

By the way, I REALLY like working for you, Anne...

21 October 2009

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