Archive - Mar 17, 2012

All the News that's Fit to Blog

The New York Times is well know for its tag lie, "All the News that's Fit to Print". The recent OpEd by Greg Smith was challenged o the grounds that some random disgruntled guy leaving Goldman Sachs wasn't newsworthy. However, the reaction to the OpEd seems to illustrate the newsworthiness. Clearly, it has been a highly talked about OpEd.

Others have questioned whether it made sense for Mr. Smith to have his OpEd published; talk about burning bridges, Mr. Smith nuked those bridges with some of the toxic waste at Goldman.

I was thinking about this as I sat at a concert at our local high school. The music was pretty good and Kim and Fiona were really enjoying themselves, but I was so tired and the music was so loud that it just wasn't resonating properly for me.

Should I blog about the event, and if so, what should I say? Should I talk about how good the music was, even though I wasn't particularly enjoying myself? Should I talk about not particularly enjoying the show, even though the music was good? Should I just say nothing?

I thought about all my friends into positively thinking about attracting abundance, or whatever the correct mishmashes of phrases should be. Perhaps I should just post positive things.

One of the concerns my psychotherapist friends have about online interaction is that too often it is artificially positive. People post about all the fun things going on, perhaps even exaggerating some of them, but don't talk about the other side of things, the rough days, the boring days, the sad days.

Of course, not everything that is posted online is positive. Sometimes it is an attack on someone else, someone different. The case of the Rutgers student using a webcam to try and embarrass his roommate, and the roommate ultimately committing suicide is a very sad reminder of this.

Part of the ruling was about the invasion of privacy. I think this is something bloggers, and for that matter, others in social media need to be particularly sensitive to. While it does appear that the Rutgers student crossed the line, where is the real line. When is it okay to mention what a friend has been doing? Is it okay to post about a night of heavy drinking and mention the names of those drinking with you? What about simply mentioning that you went to a restaurant, and mention the names of the friends? How about if they came over to your place? How is this further complicated if you have kids? What can you say about your kids friends?

Personally, I tend to be fairly open about what is going on in my blog posts except where there is a clear need to keep something private, but not all my friends are that way.

So, how do you determine what all the news that's fit to blog, or tweet or post on Facebook is?

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