Reality Check: Censorship Sucks!
Hmmm… I always thought I was acting within the boundaries of good judgement when I posted about my life events. Apparently, I need to learn to be paranoid. While I don’t completely disclose my information such as name, university attended, city I live in, etc… I honestly don’t give a fuck about anonymity. The things that I speak of on my blog are not secretive and I would gladly tell people in real life. Well, I got a nice little reality check today.
I was informed that I was turned down for an internship because I mentioned a pharmaceutical company by name on my blog and it showed up when they did an RSS search. They felt that this was a potential liability for them. While I understand issues of confidentiality and defamation, I did not say anything other than the fact that I interviewed with them and was very excited about the prospect. Wow. I was really frustrated to learn that this simple action could keep me from getting a job. As you can imagine, I have begrudgingly gone back and edited out the names of any companies I have spoken of despite the fact that I would never speak negatively of a potentially or currently employing company in such a public forum. I feel that if I can’t tell the person or group how I feel about them, I probably shouldn’t be blogging about it, either. That’s just me, though, and I realize that bloggers may frequently be labeled as liabilities by companies and organizations that are afraid to have their images associated with their opinions.
This whole thing even made me consider taking down the blog altogether. I almost feel like if I have to be this damn paranoid, what’s the point. It kind of takes the fun out of it. Uggh. I guess I’ll keep it but now I know how hypersensitive companies are about this sort of stuff.
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